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- n. a hollow wooden horse by which the Greeks gained access to Ilium or Troy.
- n. a subversive person or device placed within the ranks of the enemy
- n. a malicious program that is disguised as legitimate software
- n. an offer made to lure customers, seeming like a good deal, that has the ultimate effect of extorting large amounts of money from the customer
- n. a person, organization, social movement, legislation, or ideology with a negative agenda or evil intentions under the guise of positive values or good intentions
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a large hollow wooden horse built by Greek soldiers besieging Troy during the Trojan War, and left as a “gift” when they pretended to abandon their seige. It was taken into the city by the Trojans, and Greek soldiers concealed inside came out and opened the gates to the city, enabling the capture of the city by the Greeks.
- n. Hence, any thing or person which appears harmless but is designed to destroy or attack from within. It may sometimes refer to a group; -- see also fifth column.
- n. A computer program designed to evade the security precautions within a computer system and perform illicit operations, or to do malicious damage, and often designed to look like a different kind of program, such as a game, archiver, or directory lister. This term is not applied to a program that replicates itself, such as a
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Henry VIII's Trojan horse was not the bribed and bullied nobles he had sent north, but the reformers who followed in their wake on missions of their own.
Riggie, alas! unconscious of the Trojan horse within the walls, was going on with his story, full sail, the audience convulsed with the enjoyment of the present and the anticipation of the paulo-post-future; when in the very fifth act of the drama, out popped Sawney from his ambush, and pitched into the dismayed comedian.
The Trojan horse described in CA-94: 07 provides a back-door password for any username other than "anonymous."