mal·ware | \ˈmal-ˌwer \

Definition of malware 

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

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After searching the suspects vehicle, police seized $5,600 and electronic devices intended to plant malware on ATMs. Ruth Bruno,, "Springfield Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing From ATMs Across Connecticut," 18 June 2018 Researchers from Cisco’s Talos security team first disclosed the existence of the malware on Wednesday. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices," 25 May 2018 The malware that shut down the system last Thursday has been traced to a vulnerable server, with hackers demanding 6 Bitcoin - or about $51,000 - to release the system. Leada Gore,, "Atlanta's computer system still down from malware attack; no word on ransom payment," 26 Mar. 2018 The emails included a document infected with malware. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Russians attempted to break into Wisconsin voter registration system, but state not mentioned in indictment," 13 July 2018 That means the malware would be able to steal logins and passwords, and monitor industrial control systems, CNET reported. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "FBI urges internet users to reboot their routers to stop Russia-linked malware," 29 May 2018 The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting information that passes through home and office routers, and disabling the devices entirely, the bureau announced on Friday. Louis Lucero Ii, New York Times, "F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware," 27 May 2018 The exploits come a month after researchers disclosed the existence of malware developed by Russian spies that has infected more than 500,000 routers from a variety of manufacturers. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Widely used D-Link modem/router under mass attack by potent IoT botnet," 20 June 2018 The malware can collection information and block access to the internet, the FBI said. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Your router may have been hacked by 'foreign actors', FBI KC says. Here's what to do," 29 May 2018

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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)

mal- bad + software

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mal·ware | \ˈmal-ˌwer \

Legal Definition of malware 

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

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