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Meaning of TROJAN HORSE

Pronunciation:  'trowjun hors

 
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 Definition: 

(Coined by mit-hacker-turned-NSA-spook Dan Edwards) A malicious, security-breaking program that is disguised as something benign, such as a directory lister, archiver, game, or (in one notorious 1990 case on the Mac) a program to find and destroy viruses! A Trojan horse is similar to a back door.

See also rfc 1135, worm, phage, mockingbird.

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