Malware is a contraction of malicious software. Put simply, malware is any piece of software that was written with the intent of doing harm to data, devices or to people.
When you hear talk of viruses, Trojans, spyware and the like, what you’re really hearing is talk of different kinds of malware.
We all know the popular image of the rebel hacker, testing his skills and wits against whatever system he’s decided to make his challenge. But today, “black hat” software developers often sell their skills to the highest bidder.
These can be criminal organizations looking for tools to operate in the digital world, or government intelligence agencies looking to access the data locked away in the computers, networks and mobile devices of their targets.
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