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Trojan Horse

/trō-jən hȯrs/

[coined by MIT-hacker-turned-NSA-spook Dan Edwards]

n. A program designed to break security or damage a system that is disguised as something else benign, such as a directory lister, archiver, a game, or (in one notorious 1990 case on the Mac) a program to find and destroy viruses!

See back door, virus, worm.