Malware Vs. Malicious Code

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  1. big4guy

    big4guy Registered Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I was just wondering, whats the difference between Malware and Malicious Code. Do they mean one and the same or is there a difference in the way these two terms are used. Can anybody explain?

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    big4guy

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  2. Bubba

    Bubba Updates Team

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    I personally have always accepted the definition of MalWare as Malicious Software.

    Malicious code then would be a by product of Malware.
     
  3. Rico

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    Hi!


    malware
    (MALicious softWARE) Software designed to destroy, aggravate and otherwise make life unhappy. See crimeware, virus, worm, logic bomb, macro virus, Word macro virus and Trojan.

    ma·li·cious
    adj.
    Having the nature of or resulting from malice; deliberately harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.

    ma·li'cious·ly adv.


    Looks like they have the same meaning. IMHO

    rico
     
  4. Notok

    Notok Registered Member

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    Malware is specifically software, but malicious code can include scripts on websites that exploit vulnerabilities to load malware. Mobile code, while it falls under the same catagory, doesn't really constitute malware in itself. The terms are often used interchangably, though. Just take out the 'malicious' part, and I think it's a little easier to distinguish, 'code' can be different than 'software'.. websites are code, but they aren't software :)
     
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