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Malware

What is Malware?

Malware is a contraction of malicious software. The umbrella term refers to viruses, worms, trojans, and other malicious computer programs hackers use to gain unauthorized access to systems and data.

Malware encompasses any program that causes damage to a computer, server, or network, regardless of the technology used to create malicious software.


Key Takeaways


Types of Malware?

Malware falls into different categories, based on the way the malicious software spreads or operates.

Common malware types, based on the way the malicious program spreads include:

The second malware categorization is based on the way the program operates. Under this type, we have:

Other Ways Cybercriminals Distribute Malware

Malware in Mobile Devices

Does malware attack mobile phones? Yes.

Malicious programs can target mobile devices, giving cybercriminals access to the device’s components, such as files, camera, GPS, microphone, and contacts. Phones get infected when a user downloads an unofficial application from Google Playstore or a vendor’s website.

Attackers also spread malware to mobile phones through a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.

How to Detect Malware

You can deploy various tools to scan and see what is going on in your network. You can install a security information and event management (SIEM) system to collect, analyze, and give insights from computer and application logs.

Increases in data usage, calls, texts, and emails being sent to your contacts without your knowledge, and a quickly dissipating battery can help you detect if your mobile device has malware.

How to Prevent Malware

You can employ the following measures to prevent malware:

George Mutune

I am a cyber security professional with a passion for delivering proactive strategies for day to day operational challenges. I am excited to be working with leading cyber security teams and professionals on projects that involve machine learning & AI solutions to solve the cyberspace menace and cut through inefficiency that plague today's business environments.