New-Age Malwares: New-Age Tools For New-Age Cyber Crime

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For the past few years, malware (also known as malicious code) is seen as one of the biggest threats in cyber attacks. It has caused a lot of damages, loss of money and productivity to many organizations and end users too. Malicious codes can be divided into many categories such as viruses, worms, Trojan horses and browser hijackers etc. Each of these categories have its own connote, threats, nature and strengths.

On 16th January 2013, a Trojan named Troj/InvoZip had caused chaos by masquerading as an invoice from Europcar and it had been spread via e-mail. Now-a-days, there is scarcely any field that may not be affected due different types of malwares, which are being used as a tool for cyber attacks. Just for an example, which is a latest example of series of rupture at hospitality firms, it was Hyatt Hotels Corp. This hospitality company that runs a chain of 627 hotels had reported on 23rd November 2015 that its payment-processing system was infected with credit-card stealing malware. This cyber attack was discovered on October 30th 2015. The company was totally unaware about the nature and strength of this attack. The company had later hired a cyber security company that revealed after their investigation that the malware was programmed to collect payment cardholders names, card numbers, expiration dates, internal verification and several other confidential informations like them. In the previous year, several other companies too had disclosed such attacks on their payment processing system as well as data security incidents.

Once the virus gets in, which could hardly take minutes to hours, it will be there for months. Within this period, the virus will get past the defenses and search or spy over the network for required information. Normally the attack life-cycle for such viruses/malwares is about 100 days. A normal system user may not be aware about different viruses that infect their system. So, in this blog series, we will help all kind of system users to help them to keep off every kind of malwares from their system. For more informations, keep redirecting to this page.

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