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Phising Malware

Phishing

This is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and financial details from a victim. Phishing is normally carried out by sending victims a legitimate looking email typically purporting to be from a bank or other financial institution, online payment processor or IT administrators directing them to a fake website. This website will look authenticate and will ask the victim to login using their credentials and enter other sensitive information. Not all phishing websites will ask for information some sites main function is to distribute malware.

Malware

Malware is software designed to cause damage to a computer, server or computer network Malware can be introduced to a computer by several means for example:

  • Physically using a USB type device
  • Using the Internet for example a drive-by-download
  • Delivered as part of a phishing attack
  • An attachment in an email

Malware comes in many forms here are some are some of the common types of malware.