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What is malware?

Malware is short for 'malicious software'.

Malware infections on your computer or other data storage devices can have a serious impact depending on what the malware was designed to do. For example, it can:

  • corrupt or make important data inaccessible;
  • introduce hidden software which can detect usernames and passwords to University systems, or personal data such as bank and credit card details, and transmit them to criminals to use in fraudulent activities.

For further reading, see the malware page on Wikipedia: