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Amazon's Software Is Malware

Other examples of proprietary malware

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.

If you know of an example that ought to be in this page but isn't here, please write to <webmasters@gnu.org> to inform us. Please include the URL of a trustworthy reference or two to serve as specific substantiation.

 Kindle Swindle   Echo   Other products 

Malware in the Kindle Swindle

We refer to this product as the Amazon Swindle because it has Digital restrictions management (DRM) and other malicious functionalities.

Back Doors

Surveillance

DRM

Malware in the Echo

Back Doors

Surveillance

Malware in other products

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