Cybercriminals prey on vulnerability. Malware attacks can come in many different forms like spyware, ransomware, and command and control. Even more commonly, the average person becomes a victim of malware through methods like:
- Phishing emails
- False advertisements leading to malicious websites
- Downloading seemingly harmless images and videos that contain hidden viruses
- Sketchy browser plug-ins, extensions, and apps
After deceiving the user, the malware finds its way through to the device and begins authorizing actions on its own. Malware tends to install and replicate itself in the computer system, which often comes in the form of trojan horses, viruses, and worms.
Of all the kinds of cyberthreats, malware attacks are especially dangerous because they’re constantly evolving, trying to find ways to appear practical and user-friendly. Cybercriminals know that the malware’s effectiveness lies in how harmless it seems, so they make sure the malicious attack is as deceiving as possible.