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The Eight Most Dangerous Types Of Malware In 2018

CRN asks technical leaders at Microsoft, Malwarebytes and Lastline which types of malware they believe are creating the most chaos for businesses this year.

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Malware Migraines

Malicious software, better known as malware, is a type of computer program that is designed to run for the benefit of someone other than the owner of the computer. Malware can be used to compromise computer functions, steal data, bypass access controls, or otherwise harm the host.

More specifically, malware is able to cripple or destroy a system’s operation, allowing an attacker access to confidential and sensitive information, as well as the ability to spy on personal or private computers. Bad actors specifically program malware to be stealthy, meaning that it can stay on the target system for a long time without the user consenting or even knowing about it.

Malware can be classified in several different ways, including its delivery method; the specific type of vulnerability being exploited; the goal or objective of the malware; the platform or device targeted by the device; how the malware attempts to hide itself; and how the malware replicates and spreads.

As part of CRN's Cybersecurity Week 2018, here's a look at eight new and emerging types of malware that are wreaking havoc on users, devices and systems this year.

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