Riskware is the generic term used by Kaspersky Lab to describe programs that are legitimate in themselves, but have the potential for misuse by cybercriminals:

for example, remote administration utilities.

Such programs have always had the potential to be misused, but they now have a higher profile.

During the last few years, there has been a fusion of traditional malware techniques with those of hackers.

In the changing climate, such riskware programs have come in to their own as a means of controlling machines for malicious purposes.