The Five W’s of Malicious Software Attacks

Contributed by Christina M. Freeman

Malicious software or malware is “any software that gives partial to full control of your computer to do whatever the malware creator wants”. The main purpose of malware is to infect and spread to create havoc. (How to Protect Against Malicious Software) Malware can interrupt computer operations, collect sensitive information stored on the system, or gain access to private computer systems. (Malware) It is software specifically written to bring harm to a computer system which unlawfully obtain protected data, delete information or add software not approved by the user. Examples include viruses, worms, Trojan horse, spyware and adware. (Malicious Software)

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