Malware in the Kindle Swindle
Other examples of proprietary malware
We refer to this product as the
because it has Digital restrictions
management (DRM) and
other malicious functionalities.
Malware and nonfree software are two different issues. Malware means
the program is designed to mistreat or harm users when it runs. The
difference between free
software and nonfree software is in
whether the users have control of the program or vice versa. It's
not directly a question of what the program does when it
runs. However, in practice nonfree software is often malware, because
the developer's awareness that the users would be powerless to fix any
malicious functionalities tempts the developer to impose some.