machine language

A programming language that can be directly executed by a computer.

macro viruses

A virus that utilizes crude technologies to infect documents created in the Microsoft Word environment.


An attack in which sufficient numbers of messages are directed to a single user's inbox or through a specific STMP server to cause a denial of service.


The variety of tasks that are necessary to ensure continued operation in the face of changing operational, data processing, storage, and environmental requirements.

maintenance hooks

Entry points into a system that only the developer of the system knows; also called back doors.

malicious code

Code objects that include a broad range of programmed computer security ...

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