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What is malware and how cybercriminals use it?

Malware, short for "malicious software," is a type of software that is specifically designed to harm computer systems, networks, and devices. Cybercriminals use malware to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information, disrupt operations, and steal data. There are many different types of malware, each with its own unique purpose and method of operation. Some of the most common types of malware include:

  • Viruses: These are programs that replicate themselves and spread to other computers, often causing damage to files and programs.

  • Trojans: These are programs that are disguised as legitimate software, but they hide malware that can give cybercriminals access to your computer or network.

  • Ransomware: This type of malware encrypts files on a computer or network, making them inaccessible to the user until a ransom is paid to the cybercriminals who deployed the malware.

  • Adware: This type of malware displays unwanted ads on a computer or mobile device, often in the form of pop-ups or banners.

  • Spyware: This type of malware is designed to collect personal and sensitive information about a user, such as browsing history, login credentials and credit card details.

Cybercriminals use malware to gain access to sensitive information and steal data. They can also use malware to disrupt operations, steal money, or extort victims. They can use malware to gain access to sensitive networks and steal valuable data such as financial information, personal data, and confidential business information. It's important to remember that malware can be delivered via email, instant messaging, social media, and even legitimate websites. Cybercriminals are constantly finding new ways to spread malware and it's important to stay vigilant and aware of the potential risks. To protect yourself and your organization from malware, it's important to keep all software and operating systems up to date, use anti-virus and anti-malware software, and be cautious when opening emails and clicking on links from unknown sources. Additionally, regular backups of your data can help you recover from Find out how we can help protect you.



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