What is Malware?

Malware, short for “Malicious Software”

Malware is harmful software or firmware that infects computers, servers and networks. Once infected, the malware takes control of network devices with the purpose of data exfiltration, from full intellectual property theft to keystroke logging or even taking control of a system’s functionality, like that of a web camera.

Common Types of Malware

How A10 Networks Assists with Malware Protection

Effective malware protection requires full visibility into your network’s encrypted traffic, so attacks can be stopped at the network edge. A10 Networks Thunder® SSL Insight (SSLi®) enables TLS decryption/SSL decryption and SSL inspection to detect malware and other exploits hidden in encryption network traffic.

Malware Articles of Interest


Investigating Mirai

It starts with Mirai. It’s a new and clever malware that takes advantage of lax security standards in connected smart devices – also known as the Internet of Things (IoT) – to build massive botnets that are able to deploy DDoS payloads that surpass 1 Tbps throughputs.

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