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And Now A Malware Tool That Has Your Back
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w1p30ut
w1p30ut,
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10/2/2015 | 6:14:42 AM
Malware
'Malware' is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs. It can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software.

It's not malware if does nice things.
littlefyr
littlefyr,
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10/2/2015 | 11:48:44 AM
Re: Malware
My father-in-law, when asked, "what is a weed", likes to answer with "Any plant that is not where you want it to be is a weed." So even though a Sunflower is a beautiful plant on its own merits, if its growing in the middle of my Petunias, it is a weed. It may not be a noxious weed, but it is a weed and its coming out. 

Malware is any piece of software, no matter how apparently useful it appears to be, that grows in a place you didn't put it. In this case, its not noxious malware, but it is a weed nonetheless. Maybe malware is less than ideal term because it arose from a time when all malware is noxious, but it is sufficiently descriptive that it'll likely stay. 

However, I'm happy that this doesn't appear to be either a noxious or invasive weed. If I come across it, perhaps I'll decide I like it there, and then its no longer malware, its software. 
Mariodelavega
Mariodelavega,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/5/2015 | 6:48:02 AM
Re: Malware
That terme tends to be the "all to go term" to design any kind of virus actually.
Jon M. Kelley
Jon M. Kelley,
User Rank: Moderator
11/10/2015 | 6:10:12 PM
Linux.Wifatch reveals themselves
Linux.Wifatch now has a GitHub page, https://gitlab[.]com/rav7teif/linux.wifatch (note that the link is broken with [.] to prevent accidental activation), with a Q&A about why they did what they did, and the start of a Linux.Watch source code repository. 

Jai Vijayan:  Looks like there is enough info in the Q&A for another article.


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