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Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising. Malicious software was called computer virus before the term malware was coined in 1990 by Yisrael Radai. The first category of malware propagation concerns parasitic software fragments that attach themselves to some existing executable content. The fragment may be machine code that infects some existing application, utility, or system program, or even the code used to boot a computer system. Malware is defined by its malicious intent, acting against the requirements of the computer user, and does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency.

Malware may be stealthy, intended to steal information or spy on computer users for an extended period without their knowledge, as for example Regin, or it may be designed to cause harm, often as sabotage (e.g., Stuxnet), or to extort payment (CryptoLocker). ‘Malware’ is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruseswormstrojan horsesransomwarespywareadwarescareware, and other malicious programs. It can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software. Malware is often disguised as, or embedded in, non-malicious files. As of 2011 the majority of active malware threats were worms or trojans rather than viruses.

The security startup continues to evolve its isolation technology to help protect organizations from emerging forms of malware.
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More than nine years after it infected millions of systems worldwide, the malware continues to be highly active, according to a Trend Micro report.
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Real-world incident response investigation data from CrowdStrike reveals attacker trends with fileless malware, ransomware, and other weapons.
Stolen credentials, exploits of command-line tools used in 66 percent of attacks.
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Popular malware updates have highlighted a growing trend in targeting Bitcoin stashes.
During past few years, the number and quality of attacks aimed financial sector organizations has continuously grown.

The financial institutions that have not already thought about cyber security, will soon face the consequences of hacker attacks.
Andromeda kingpin is identified by his ICQ number.