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Spyware In The IoT – This Year’s Biggest Security Threat

April 29, 2019 / Sam Bocetta

Malware is everywhere, infecting nearly one third of all computers in the world today. It’s ready to do damage to you, your computer or your data in ways that seem to be limited only by the dark ingenuity of hackers. Ransomware, a form of malware, can lock your files or allow hackers to threaten and steal your data if you don’t pay them. Cryptojacking attacks can install software on your device that co-opts its computing power to mine cryptocurrency for hackers without your knowledge. Viruses and worms can damage and corrupt your files; and Trojans can wreak havoc by sneaking into your system disguised as legitimate pieces of software. The possibilities are as endless as they are dangerous. Perhaps the single most devious form of malware, however, is spyware. Spyware is any kind of malicious software that allows a hacker to listen in on, observe or otherwise gather data on an intended victim through an infected device.