Malware: From bedroom to boardroom
Once the preserve of bedroom bound teenagers, malware is now big business and aimed at financial gain rather than peer group recognition. Viruses are firmly established in the public consciousness. Most people are familiar with the dangers they pose, yet millions continue to succumb to attacks that exploit unpatched holes in common platforms such as Windows or Java. No system is safe from compromise.
Malware - the generic term for malicious computer software such as viruses, worms and Trojans - has been infecting computers and driving users crazy since the early 1980s.
The first computer viruses infected the boot sector of floppy disks, which were the main way of sharing files between computers. Boot-sector viruses gave way to macro viruses in the mid-1990s. By the end of the decade, the growth of email gave malware an effective infection route into new machines. Malware: From bedroom to boardroom - silicon.com
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