Evasion is probably the key reason behind the popularity of this attack tactic, since scripts are easy to obfuscate and therefore difficult to detect. Plus, scripting languages are generally easier to learn and faster to code in than other languages, making them an easy sell for eager hackers.
Now, the next question is – what does this mean for you? And what can you do to protect your devices from script-based malware? The best way to protect your personal devices from script-based malware infections is to stop them before they happen. So, be sure to remain wary of downloading and installing applications that you don’t understand or trust, and always apply security updates and patches for applications and operating systems. Additionally, block cyberattacks before they happen with a comprehensive security solution such as McAfee LiveSafe, which is now new and improved.
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