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What is a trojan A trojan horse could be either a Unauthorized instructions contained within a legitimate program These instrcutions perform functions unknown to and probably unwanted by the user b A legitimate program that has been altered by the placement of anauthorized instructions within it These instructions perform functions unknown to and probably unwanted by the user c Any program that appears to perform a desirable and necessary function but that because of unauthorized instructions within it performs functions unknown to and probably unwanted by the user Under a restricted environment a restricted Unix shell or a restricted Windows computer malicious trojans cant do much since they are restricted in their actions But on a home PC trojans can be lethal and quite destructive Why the name trojan horse In the 12th century BC Greece declared war on the city of Troy The dispute erupted when the prince of Troy abducted the queen of Sparta and declared that he wanted to make her his wife which made the Greeks and especially the queen of Sparta quite furious The Greeks gave chase and engaged Troy in a 10-year war but unfortunately for them all of their efforts went down the drain Troy was simply too well fortified In a last effort the Greek army pretended to be retreating leaving behind a hude wooden horse The people of Troy saw the horse and thinking it was some kind of a present from the Greeks pulled the horse into their city without knowing that the finest soldiers of Greece were sitting inside it since the horse was hollow Under the cover of night the soldiers snuck out and opened the gates of the city and later together with the rest of the army killed the entire army of Troy This is why such a program is called a trojan horse - it pretends to do something while it does something completely different or does
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