# Are weakly interacting massive particles interacting weakly?

When talking about Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) as Dark Matter candidates, do we mean that they interact via the weak force (possibly communicating with the SM by exchange of $W^\pm$ or $Z$ bosons) or that whatever new force they might be subject to (either in a purely Dark sector or in the form of an undiscovered charge also common to certain SM particles) is weak in strength?

It seems to me that the former understanding makes sense in relation to the "WIMP miracle", while the latter is an umbrella term for DM experiments...