"Bug" in the terms of service

I noticed a line in the ToS:

Contains or installs any viruses, worms, bugs, Trojan horses or other code, files or programs designed to, or capable of, disrupting, damaging or limiting the functionality of any software or hardware; or

However, this mentions “bugs”. Any website theoretically has bugs, so technically any website isn’t allowed. This should be fixed, right?

Considering the context, “bugs” is likely referring to software that unintentionally causes severe damage to a system.
From Kaspersky, “The word ‘malware’ is a contraction of ‘malicious software’. Malware is intrusive software that is intentionally designed to cause damage to computers and computer systems. By contrast, software that causes unintentional damage is usually referred to as a software bug.”

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You seem to have ignored the second part of the sentence:

designed to, or capable of, disrupting, damaging or limiting the functionality of any software or hardware

Just having a bug is not a problem. If that bug does something catastrophic that impacts the functionality of the server, we will take action. If you have a script that does something stupid and overloads the server, we will take down your account to keep the server stable for everyone else. This section specifically gives us the grounds to do so.

So this is very much by design.

A bug that’s not capable for disrupting the service is no problem. And very few bugs are.

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