What is Malware?
Malware is like APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats) annoying cousin that just won’t take a hint. Just like APTs, targeted malware is more often than not deployed with the objective of collecting as much information as possible, with as little ruckus as possible in order to remain undetected and ‘fly-under-the-radar’ for longer. However overall Malware ranges in the scope of it maliciousness, and is often used as an ‘umbrella’ term that covers a whole range of hostile software including spyware, viruses and adware. Malware can infect a computer with the single goal of creating annoying popup ads, or could be of a much more sinister nature that steals data and spreads to other systems. It is also one of the most common types of cyber attacks when looked at in whole, and perhaps most efficient for hackers because they can reuse the same basic sets of code and then just rinse and repeat to start the chaos all over again.
Here Are The Facts:
According to Symantec, 317 million new pieces of malware were created in 2014, an increase of 26%, which amounts to almost 1 million new threats being released every single day. An alarming trend has also occurred with attackers identifying which programs specific companies use and then ‘Trojanizing’ the updates by hiding malware inside them, waiting for companies to install the software and in effect infect themselves.
317 million new pieces of malware were created in 2014, an increase of 26%, which amounts to almost 1 million new threats being released every single day.