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Zero Day Malware Definition and How to Combat It

Most people wonder what a zero day malware definition is, as it can be a difficult thing to understand if you aren’t aware of technical terms. At Comodo, we make it easy to understand what this type of exploit is. It is a threat that uses some security vulnerability within the computer or network. When hackers notice this type of threat, they immediately create programs on the same day to exploit it. In most cases, it occurs on the same day that a developer realizes the bug or exploit, and can also happen before a developer realizes it. Therefore, there is no security fix at that moment, because they were oblivious to the threat.

How It’s Done

POS security is of the utmost importance for most companies because that is where all the financial information is stored and can be located. These systems can be easy to attack though most hackers prefer to use web browsers because they are the most popular and have the most bugs. However, they can also send out emails with attachments filled with zero day malware in the hopes that someone will open it.

What It Does

Zero day malware is similar to other malware types and can include adversely affecting:

  • Data
  • Computer programs
  • Networks
  • Any and all computers and devices on a network

In most cases, they try to steal credit and debit card information from the POS system, either before it goes to memory and is encrypted or once it is decrypted to be processed.

There is a small vulnerability window that exists between when the threat is released, and when the patches are available. The exploit is first released and then someone notices the exploit and works to develop a solution. Once the patch is provided, there is no more time when the malware can work. Contact us today to learn how our product can help.