Worms represent one of the most enduring and harmful types of malware, capable of replicating themselves and spreading across networks and devices without human intervention. Unlike viruses, worms do not need to attach themselves to a host program. They exploit vulnerabilities or use social engineering to proliferate, causing widespread damage ranging from consuming system resources, corrupting files, to facilitating backdoor access for further malicious activities.
  • Worms accounted for a significant portion of malware infections, with instances like WannaCry and Conficker causing widespread damage. (Source: Symantec)
  • The global cost of worm attacks, including downtime, data loss, and recovery, runs into billions of dollars annually. (Source: McAfee)

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