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Computer vandalism is a type of malicious behavior that involves damages computers and data in various ways and potentially disrupting businesses. Typical computer vandalism involves the creation of malicious programs designed to perform harmful tasks such as erasing hard drive data or extracting login credentials. Computer vandalism differs from viruses, which attach themselves to existing programs.
In the early days of the development of malware, the majority of computer viruses and Trojans were created by students and other young programmers – plus some older, more experienced programmers. Today, there are still four main types of computer vandal:
Although all of these groups are still developing computer viruses, there has been a reduction in the number of new, ‘traditional’ types of computer threats that are being released. There are several possible reasons why:
While the fall in computer vandalism is to be welcomed, the risks presented by other types of malicious programs represent a much more dangerous threat to your computer… your data… your digital identity… and your finances.
Anti-malware software is vital in defending your computer, mobile devices and data against computer vandalism, viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware. Kaspersky Lab has anti-malware solutions that deliver world-class protection for a wide range of computers and other devices, including:
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