This short module opens with a short introduction to malware with a video, followed by slides with a few examples of malware targeting journalists, and finally, opening up to a discussion of how students understand the likelihood of this happening in their work, and what they should do in response.
Some of the most commonly used files that journalists open every day (e.g., .pdf, .docx files) are also some of the most common vectors for introducing malware into systems. Because journalists are among the most common targets of malware in the world, it's important to understand what malware is capable of, and common ways may be introduced into a system. In addition, by seeing how the success of most malware depends on unpatched software, students can see in concrete terms why security updates should be viewed as an asset, rather than a burden.
Watch this short video introducing malicious software: "Malware - Security Awareness Video"