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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 strain of Mirai is sophisticated, locked, and loaded.
Arrest made over Andromeda botnet following operation involving the FBI, Europol and other authorities working with cyber security companies.
The end of the year is a good time to take stock of the main cyberthreat incidents that took place over the preceding 12 months or so.

To reflect on the impact these events had on organizations and individuals, and consider what they could mean for the overall evolution of the threat landscape.
Infections spread across over 200 countries Police and private companies have taken down a massive botnet used to move malware onto compromised PCs.…
Avalanche, aka Gamarue, aka Wauchos, malware enterprise spanned hundreds of botnets and 88 different malware families.
New version of trojan malware can trick users into entering their credentials into a fake version of a bank's website.
Resource-draining code hides in pop-under windows that can remain open indefinitely.
100,000 devices infected in 60 hours by strain that targeted ZyXEL devices.
The Cyber Coalition exercise is the biggest held by NATO.
The rise of artificial intelligence, machine learning, hivenets, and next-generation morphic malware is leading to an arms race that enterprises must prepare for now.
Colbalt malware uses legitimate penetration tools to gain access to large swathes of infected systems -- but a patch is available.
Welcome to ransomware in 2017 – the year global enterprises and industrial systems were added to the ever-growing list of victims, and targeted attackers started taking a serious interest in the threat. It was also a year of consistently high attack numbers, but limited innovation.