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Trojan Horse

A Trojan Horse virus (named after the Greek myth) is a malicious program that on the surface appears legitimate but whose hidden purpose is to implant malicious code into the target computer. The malicious programmer relies on users to install the program themselves and therefore bypass any security that the user has installed. The term "Trojan Horse," as applied to computer viruses, dates back to at least 1972 and is widely credited to Daniel Edwards.

The definition is broad enough that it applies to most computer viruses, as the easiest way to break into a computer is to have an authorized user do it.(1)


1 : C. E. Landwehr et al. "A Taxonomy of Computer Program Security Flaws, with Examples" DTIC Document, Naval Research Laboratory, 1994.

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