Internet Governance Glossary


4.31 Crimeware

A class of malware designed specifically automating cybercrime, in order (a) to perform illegal acts, (b) to steal personal information, or (c) to automate financial crime.



Crimeware can include spyware, keystroke loggers and bots. Most often crimeware: (i) gathers confidential information, such as passwords or credit card numbers; or (ii) takes control of a computer and executes remote commands.