MALWARE HISTORY

TYPES OF MALWARE – WORMS AND MASS-MAILERS

Worms are also self-replicating programs that stealthily spread across computer networks.

Unlike viruses, the replication process is automated, as worms do not have to infect an existing software program. Their destructive potential lies in the fact that they eat up large amounts of bandwidth, while viruses usually modify, delete or corrupt the files on the infected system.

Mass-mailers are regarded as part of the worm. Given the fact that worms can

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Bogdan BOTEZATU

Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.

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