DEFINITION
Malicious Software Code

Any software code intentionally created or introduced into a computer system for the distinct purpose of causing harm or loss to the computer system, its data, or other resources. Many users equate malicious code with computer viruses, which can lie dormant for long periods of time until the computer system executes the trigger that invokes the virus to execute. Within the last several years, the Internet has been the conduit of various types of computer viruses. However, there are other types of malicious codes used to cause havoc that are not as well publicized as the virus.

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