What is Malware and Why Does it Exist?

Malware is an umbrella term for any kind of malicious software designed to disrupt operation, steal information, or gain access to private computer systems.

Once upon a time, creating malware was an individual pursuit by lone cyber criminals or black hat hackers, but today malware is a fully fledged industry with a global marketplace. Malware developers either sell their creations to criminal organizations or work in-house with them. These organization then begin spreading the malware through various means, ultimately using it to make a profit.

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