Viruses. Adware. Spyware. Trojan horses. Botnets. Browser hijacking software. Known as malware, all hit today's computers and other devices with a vengeance to cause the maximum damage possible.
Call them what you will, but they all serve a malicious purpose:
- They install themselves on computers without approval.
- They damage computers in other to steal data, personal or confidential information, passwords, files and Internet traffic. They even go so far as to cause a computer to stop working.
- They require IT staff to spend valuable time — time they can't afford to give up — to remove the villain and then fix the damage it's caused.
Plus, they bring in significant profits to their creators. For example, a 2015 Angler exploit kit made an average of $5 million every month they struck.
However, another type of malware is rapidly evolving — and fast. Analysts and researchers are now pinpointing ransomware as the next major threat, and it's going to hit with even more power and efficiency of its cousins.