Malicious code (also called malicious software or malware) is
Malicious code, such as viruses or Trojan horses, are used to infect a computer to make it available for takeover and remote control. Malicious code can infect a computer if the user opens an email attachment, or clicks an innocent-looking link on a website. Malicious code can scan a victim’s computer for sensitive information, such as name, address, place and date of birth, social security number, mother’s maiden name, and telephone number.
Malicious software can result in performance degradation, loss of system availability, and the capture, modification, or deletion of data.
- ↑ NICCS, Explore Terms: A Glossary of Common Cybersecurity Terminology (full-text).
- ↑ Tax Information Security Guidelines For Federal, State and Local Agencies, at 154.
- ↑ CNSSI 4009.
- ↑ 45 C.F.R. §164.304.
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