In computing and telecommunications, a payload is part of transmitted data that is the actual intended message. In malware research, a payload is the malware that the threat actor wants to deliver to the victim. For example, if the threat actor sent out a document with a malicious Macro as an email attachment and the victim gets infected with ransomware, then the ransomware is the payload. The threat actor did use the email, document, or the packer, crypter or  protector to avoid detection.

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