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Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online
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Week 3: Malware

Introduction

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The two biggest threats to consumers online are malware and phishing. Cory introduces you to malware, which is the focus of this week.

Malware is the collective name for software that has been designed to disrupt or damage data, software or hardware. There are several types of malware, such as viruses, worms and Trojans, which you’ll learn more about in the next few sections.

However, as malware has evolved from its beginnings as demonstrations of prowess by individual programmers to sophisticated technologies developed by organised crime, the boundaries between the different categories are beginning to blur.