from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Malicious computer software that interferes with normal computer functions or sends personal data about the user to unauthorized parties over the Internet.
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- noun computing
Softwarewhich has been designed to operate in a malicious, undesirable manner.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The term malware, derived from "malicious software," refers to any software specifically designed to harm your computer or the software it's running.
The term malware can be used to describe a program that is as harmless as an annoying pop-up box that attempts to direct a user to a website in order to increase the website's traffic.
ScanSafe says the malware is still active on parishilton. com, and some 15,000 other sites are similarly compromised.
Anyways, malware is the first thing that comes to mind when you say it started opening up a ton of windows unsolicited -- especially if they were, ahem, of a prurient nature.
Seems to me, this seeding malware is a direct violation of the laws on computer privacy/security in the US.
The first is that it does indeed represent a significant innovation in malware; the fact that it targets a specific piece of technology – the Siemens controller – that plays a critical role in the industrial infrastructure of every advanced country is new and troubling.
The malware is in Unreality Mag's third party ad server - it's a rogue ad in rotation with regular ads, so you don't always see it, but if you visit Unreality Mag often enough, you'll find it.
Unfortunately, the only malware is actually the Virus Doctor itself.
"Did you know 85 percent of malware is now distributed through the Web?"
If you understood how quick you can propagate malware from a USB Key to other networked systems, I feel you would understand my point a little better.