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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.

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UPDATED NEWS ANALYSIS: Malware has always been about destruction, either real or threatened, as a way to accomplish the goals of its creator.

But that’s changed with crypto-currency mining malware.
Researchers have identified a vulnerability in a Huawei home router model that is being exploited by an adversary to spread a variant of the Mirai malware called Okiku, also known as Satori.
Android malware is so processor-intensive it made the battery bulge out.
New Play Store rules give developers one year to adopt any new Android changes.
Non-malware attacks account for the majority of all attacks this year, and ransomware grows to a $5 billion industry, new data shows.
Authorities arrest three Romanian suspects for spreading CTB-Locker malware and two for a ransomware case linked to the United States.
Loki malware, built to steal credentials, is distributed via Microsoft Excel and other Office applications rigged with malicious 'scriptlets' to evade detection.
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