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Trojans: Understanding Their Behaviour and Characteristics

Trojans come attached to what seems like a legitimate piece of software, before infecting your computer. Watch Skylar Simmons explain more.

In the video, you will learn about Trojans, which take their name from the ancient Greek legend of the Odyssey.

During the 10-year long Trojan War, the Greeks offered the gift of a massive wooden horse to the Trojan army and pretended to sail away. As the horse was a symbol of the city of Troy, the Trojans believed it to be a peace offering, but hidden inside was a selection of men from the Greek army. The Trojans let the horse inside, where the troops emerged and sieged the city.

Like its namesake from the myth, Trojans come attached to what seems like a legitimate piece of software, before infecting your computer.

Over to you: How do trojans differ from worms? Share your thoughts below.

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