- software intended to damage a computer, mobile device, computer system, or computer network, or to take partial control over its operation: tips on finding and removing viruses, spyware, and other malware.
Origin of malware
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Examples from the Web for malware
These attacks had distinct similarities with the malware used against Sony.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years
January 2, 2015
Perhaps the most interesting and indeed relevant of this is the C2 (or Command and Control) addresses found in the malware.
Increasingly, criminals actually lease their malware from a group that guarantees their malware against detection.
These addresses were used by whoever carried out the attack to control the malware and can be found in the malware code itself.
Furthermore, checking online IP reputation services reveals that they have been used by malware operators in the past.
- a computer program designed specifically to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus
C20: from mal (icious) + (soft) ware
Word Origin and History for malware
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Software that is written and distributed for malicious purposes, such as impairing or destroying computer systems. Computer viruses are malware.
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