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Daniel Edwards


Daniel Edwards is a former administrator of the MIT AI Lab,(1) and long-time member of the NSA. He is widely credited with introducing the term trojan horse in computer security. He describes a trojan horse consisting of hidden malicious code within a seemingly harmless program.

In a CBI interview, he explained how he arrived at the idea:

Edwards: At the time, we were looking at different computer systems that would produce, say, cryptographic keys, other sensitive things and the notion that the programs that were running on these machines could be updated . . . . So that the general notion that a program which appeared to be doing something useful could, in the background, be doing something which was clearly unintended came to mind . . . that brought to mind the idea of something which looks good on the outside but has challenges on the inside — Trojan Horse — was simply a connection which I made and that got discussed in various forums. (p. 26)

Oral history interview with Daniel Edwards, conducted July 2, 2013.


1 : Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Garden City, New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1984, 85, 93

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