A Malware is a type of virus that has the main purpose of gathering various types of login details and other sensitive data or "identities", e.g. details of credit cards
, online current accounts
(home banking or PayPal
), eBay Accounts
, and social network Accounts such as Facebook
In addition, Malware also searches for login details to email accounts
(in particular, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail), FTP login details
, login details to dedicated or company servers
Various types of Malware, in addition to gathering and transmitting the login details mentioned above, also try to compromise the attacked PC so that it is possible to fully control it externally. In this case, they are generally called "Trojan horses
If this happens, the infected PC is defined as a "Zombie
" and it becomes part of the so-called "botnets", e.g. large PC networks that can be controlled by the attackers, and at their disposal to carry out destructive attacks (e.g. DDoS) or to send large quantities of email spam messages.
Compared to traditional viruses
, a Malware differs in terms of some fundamental aspects such as its purpose
, spreading techniques and difficulty to remove it
. Indeed, a Malware will not compromise the functioning of a PC as traditional viruses do. On the contrary, they need the attacked PC to remain perfectly efficient, especially if it will be used as a zombie. In addition, a Malware is generally spread via compromised websites and spam
, and therefore, it can be changed very often and doesn't need to be able to self-replicate and spread, making it more difficult to recognize and identify it. Some Malware is even disguised as miraculous antivirus software.
Malware doesn't attack servers but the clients' PCs directly
. This means that Aruba can't solve the problem, although it can provide some instructions to limit the event
and increase its data security.