malware

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

Definition of malware

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

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Hackers infected computers made by Asustek Computer Inc. by embedding malware in the company’s automatic software updates, a sophisticated attack that raises questions about how to tackle such security threats. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, "Malware Attack on Asus Computers Raises Concerns," 26 Mar. 2019 By now, Microsoft’s position should be clear: when Windows 7 officially exits support on Jan. 14, 2020, that PC will be at a greater risk of viruses and malware. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system's impending death," 12 Mar. 2019 The group relied heavily on spear phishing attacks to place malware on victims’ computers. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Chinese hackers charged with stealing data from NASA, IBM, and others," 20 Dec. 2018 With this access, scam artists can download malware to the victim's computer, launch phishing attacks against the victim's contacts and access the victim's personal information such as tax returns or health records, the FBI said. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "FBI: Big increase in tech-support fraud in Arizona this year," 3 July 2018 One is how rarely the group infects its targets with malware. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Four months after its debut, sneaky Mac malware went undetected by AV providers," 21 Dec. 2018 The fruitfly malware was used to infect Mac and Windows operating systems. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Man Charged With Using 'Fruitfly' Malware To Spy On Thousands," 11 Jan. 2018 The companies said malware isn’t just a risk to password manager users. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Seattle Times, "Password managers have a security flaw, but you should still use one," 19 Feb. 2019 Officials hinted at it for months, before the Trump Administration first publicly attributed the NotPetya malware to Russia in February and then blamed Russia in March for grid hacking. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Worst Cybersecurity Breaches of 2018 So Far," 9 July 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)

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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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