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Understanding malware: A lesson in vocabulary

Posted on December 29, 2003 in Articles | by

Viruses, worms, Trojan horses – the terminology of malicious code sounds like some strange mix between a medical reference and a history textbook! To the new network security practitioner, the sea of definitions can be somewhat confusing. Understanding how each piece of malware works is the first step in hardening a network against those attacks. Let’s take a look at each of the major types of malicious code and some of their less notable variations.

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Published in SearchSecurity on 12/29/03

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