The Distinction Between Malware, Spam and Phishing

Web security

According to Sophos ‘ annual risk report on Internet security, phishing, malware attacks and spam reports are rising across social networks. The following analyzes:


A malware attack is a bit of malicious code that takes control over the machine of a person with a certain purpose in order to spread the bug over computers and accounts of other people. It can also spread or transform it into a botnet that allows the cyber criminal to monitor the PC and use it to deliver malware to others.


The aim of phishing assaults is to log in and take the password of an individual so that cyber criminals can take control of the social network, email and online banking data of the victim. 70% of web users choose a specific password for every web service they use. This is why phishing is so convincing that the attacker can access various private accounts using the same subtle login elements and manage them for himself.


Spamming is the point where a cyber-criminal sends messages to use fake or fraudulent goods. For example Rustock, botnets send the dominant portion of spam messages, frequently publishing pharmaceutical products or security software that people trust they have a genuinely non-existent security problem.

Melina Richardson is a Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Certified Ethical Hacker, Author at Cybers Guards & w-se. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.