(Formal) Definition of malware

Malware, a portmanteau the words malicious and software, is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner’s informed consent. Software is considered malware based on the perceived intent of the creator rather than any particular features.

Software behavior and\or object code shall match its declared or assumed purpose. For example, if software is thought to be a word processor it shall behave as word processor or it may be classified as malware.

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