Malware fraud

Malware fraud

Malware (short for malicious software) is the collective name for any harmful or damaging software, often designed for criminal purposes. It disrupts and manipulates normal computer operation to steal information and facilitate fraud.

Criminals are increasingly turning to 'banking malware', computer viruses specifically written to dupe people banking online into making credit transfers or divulging confidential details to criminals.

Malware can often install itself on your computer without you knowing, usually when you open an infected attachment to an e-mail or open a link to an infected website.