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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.

New 'Sockbot' malware has 'highly flexible proxy topology' that might be leveraged for a variety of nefarious purposes.
Researchers at Proofpoint say the 'Leviathan' threat group is regularly launching phishing and malware attacks in an effort to steal sensitive data
Malware which forces ATMs to hemorrhage cash has been discovered for sale on the Dark Web at an unfortunately accessible price.
Calm down over KRACK, good ol' Office malware has biz workers in its sights again Malware exploiting Microsoft Word's DDE features to infect computers has been lobbed at US government-backed mortgage biz Freddie Mac.…
Cybercriminals are advertising ATM malware that's designed to exploit hardware and software vulnerabilities on the cash-dispensing machines.
Groups linked to China continue to launch attacks at the nation’s rivals, with reports of one group targeting Japanese companies using a zero-day vulnerability and a second group exploiting its victims with a decade-old RAT.
The malware affects Windows 7 and up to Windows 8.1, the researchers confirmed.
In May 2017, Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered a forum post advertising ATM malware that was targeting specific vendor ATMs.

The forum contained a short description of a crimeware kit designed to empty ATMs with the help of a vendor specific API, without interacting with ATM users and their data.

The price of the kit was 5000 USD at the time of research.
On October 10, 2017, Kaspersky Labrsquo;s advanced exploit prevention systems identified a new Adobe Flash zero day exploit used in the wild against our customers.

The exploit was delivered through a Microsoft Office document and the final payload was the latest version of FinSpy malware. We have reported the bug to Adobe who assigned it CVE-2017-11292 and released a patch earlier today.
Organizations frequently overlook printer security, leaving systems exposed to malware and theft. New tools aim to lessen the risk.
Data hungry malware tries to hook you with bogus forms and fake PDFs.
A forgotten feature in Microsoft Office allows attackers to bypass antivirus scanners and pull off document-based attacks to install malware.