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No mention in the article of any hardware-based malware - USB micro-code, BIOS, routers etc. (talk) 09:54, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

first sentence[edit]

the source cited ( does not actually say what that first sentence does. it's related, but it doesn't appear to be a good source for the text as it appears here.Colbey84 (talk) 21:18, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

Mal = Malicious or Mal = Bad?[edit]

I was under the impression that the "mal" in malware was merely from the Latin for "bad." Lots of malware isn't necessarily malicious (it might just be poorly written and insecure, opening up security holes on computers running it), but it is all bad. Should we change this? I see that the term "badware" is referenced. I have never heard someone say badware in my life, and in my experience, most people say malware for software which is unintentionally bad. (talk) 18:47, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

Do you have a source that supports the idea that the mal in malware is Latin, as opposed to the word malicious? All the sources I'm able to find suggest it is short for malicious, rather than the Latin root mal. - Aoidh (talk) 18:54, 4 March 2016 (UTC)
Interesting question. I'd never thought about this before, but your way certainly makes more sense to me. I want this to be true, but I have no idea. As Aoidh says, it's pretty much up to whatever the sources have to say about it. --Bongwarrior (talk) 19:08, 4 March 2016 (UTC)
...and where do you think the root prefix "mal" in the world "malicious" comes from? (Related: Online Etymology Dictionary malicious and mal-) Charlesreid1 (talk) 08:06, 24 June 2016 (UTC)