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'Trojan Horse' - Origin


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Why do they call Trojan Horse Viruses such?

Is it because:
  • Like the original trojan horse statue, it would have done nothing/been pointless if soldiers weren't filled inside of it to attack. Thus a trojan virus isn't useful unless the attacker who gave you the virus is there to do something remotely?
  • Or is it because the Troys weren't expecting the statue to be filled with soliders. Thus a trojan virus you aren't expecting to be a virus?
  • Or is it both/other?
I kind of have an idea but want the best answer. :whistling:
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Hello and welcome.

Have a look at my web site, page 2.
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Nice website!

I think you got it all right, except the Trojan Horse wasn't filled with Trojans. It was given to the Trojans as a surrender 'gift' from their enemies, but it was really filled with their enemies.

I think, I mean I just read the Odyssey in school. :whistling:
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You are quite correct. The wooden horse of Troy was filled with Greek soldiers, who needed access to the city within Troy to mount their surprise attack against the Trojans.

So the word Trojan (noun), in this sense, is an abbreviation of the words Trojan Horse (adjective), but nonetheless, still means something that is not what it appears to be.

Thanks for the correction.
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Gotcha. Okay yeah that's what I thought. I really appreciate your help, sir. :whistling:
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