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vandal

A program that performs a clandestine or malicious function such as extracting a user's password or other data or erasing the hard disk. A vandal differs from a virus, which attaches itself to an existing executable program. The vandal is the full executing entity itself which can be downloaded from the Internet in the form of an ActiveX control, Java applet, browser plug-in or email attachment. See virus.
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In 1876, after a period of research into the sculptor's life as part of an abortive scheme to translate Michelangelo's sonnets into English, Rossetti reacted angrily to Seymour Kirkup's 'Vandalic' criticism of the Medici Tombs in Florence (Letters, III, 1402).
It is considered that a third of the aggressive actions occurring there are caused by youth gangs and the perception of the Lima population is that they are responsible for the majority of vandalic activities that occur in the city.
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