First developed: The 1970s Self-replicating: Sometimes Devices affected: Computers, tablets, and phones Delivery system: Corrupt files, apps, and websites Delivery strategies: Phishing, scareware Defense strategy: Antimalware software
– Malware is any type of malicious software including ransomware and spyware. – Viruses are a type of malware defined by their ability to self-replicate and spread. – Early viruses passed from computer to computer in infected code on floppy disks. – Antimalware programs recognize the code signature of viruses and quarantine infected files.