malware

noun
mal·​ware | \ ˈmal-ˌwer How to pronounce malware (audio) \

Definition of malware

: software designed to interfere with a computer's normal functioning

Examples of malware in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the malware was loaded on some of the targeted phones, the call logs were wiped. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "WhatsApp Sues an Israeli Tech Firm Whose Spyware Targeted Human-Rights Activists and Journalists," 29 Oct. 2019 No other celebrity was more likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware in 2019, the cybersecurity firm announced Tuesday. CBS News, "Alexis Bledel named "most dangerous celebrity" by McAfee," 22 Oct. 2019 Superficially, this is intended to protect users from malware and phishing attacks. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Apple’s data sharing with firms tied to the Chinese government may endanger dissidents," 16 Oct. 2019 The malware also scooped up the victim’s contact list, he was told. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scam Diego: why a new wave of scams has your number," 25 Aug. 2019 After a 2018 malware attack, Savannah officials canceled traffic court for weeks. Washington Post, "Cyberattacks on Texas cities put other governments on guard," 22 Aug. 2019 After a 2018 malware attack, Savannah officials canceled traffic court for weeks. Kathleen Foody, USA TODAY, "Cyberattacks on Texas cities put other governments on guard," 22 Aug. 2019 According to data from X-Force IRIS, the ransomware problem is part of a much larger overall increase in destructive malware attacks that has been spiking over the past six months. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Ransomware, “wiper” malware attacks have more than doubled, IBM team says," 5 Aug. 2019 Schools in the Florida Keys took themselves offline for several days last September after a district employee discovered a malware attack. Michael Melia, The Denver Post, "Cyberattacks inflict deep harm at technology-rich schools," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of malware

1990, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malware

malicious + -ware (as in software)

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of malware was in 1990

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malware

noun
mal·​ware | \ ˈmal-ˌwer How to pronounce malware (audio) \

Legal Definition of malware

: software that is designed to interfere with a computer's normal functioning and that can be used to commit cybercrime (as by revealing passwords, PINs, and other sensitive data)

History and Etymology for malware

mal- bad + software

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