Malware: How It’s Supposed to BeMalware, short for malicious software, is designed to cause harm to its victims. Forms of malware include viruses, Trojans, spyware, and many more. Depending on the type of malware you have in your system, its damage ranges from causing system errors to stealing your private information, including passwords and bank details. The new so-called vigilante malware, in theory, still has the same intent. It’s shaping up to be a major hassle for anyone who likes to access piracy websites and download pirated content. Examples of malware that have circulated in the past years include a COVID-19-themed malware that was disguised as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and a WhatsApp malware that placed invasive ads in devices.
How This ‘Vigilante’ Malware Works
Other Examples of Vigilante MalwareThis anti-piracy malware isn’t the first example of a malware that was created for an arguably good cause. According to an article by Gizmodo, a vigilante malware was created to replace the malware payloads of the Emotet botnet with GIFs and memes. The Emotet botnet is particularly vicious malware that spreads ransomware and banking trojans. Another example surfaced In 2015 when a vigilante malware infected 10,000 home routers to boost their security and patch vulnerabilities.
How to Keep Safe from Malware
There are ways to keep your devices safe too without having to spend a single dollar. It’s important to keep your computer and software updated, and to always be careful and wary of clicking doubtful links and downloading questionable content.
And as far as this new vigilante malware is concerned, you could always opt to say no to piracy and stream and buy content legally.
Written by Isabella James