Payload Definition: What is a Payload?


The additional functionality, for instance data stealing, file deletion, disk overwriting, BIOS flashing etc that may be included in a virus worm or Trojan Horse. Note that the payload does not necessarily have to be damaging, for instance the payload of the Form. A virus was to make the keyboard make clicking noises on one day a month, it did no damage other than that. In the case of a Trojan, it is the secret function that the programmer wanted to achieve.