[Techtalk] confused malware terminology? 'Trojan virus'

Michael Fisher desnotes at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 17:27:14 UTC 2009

I think you are correct Carla that they just mixed up their terms. After
reading the article it seems to bea Trojan Horse and not a virus. In my
experience a virus just does damage when it is loaded whereas a
Trojan Horse installs itself and waits to be triggered by certain actions.

Wikipedia seems to agree with us but also points out that "Viruses are
sometimes confused with computer
 and Trojan horses <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_Horse_(Computing)>,
which are technically different."

All in all, a pretty sophistacated Trojan Horse.

Michael Fisher
desNotes at gmail.com

On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 12:57 PM, Carla Schroder <carla at bratgrrl.com> wrote:

> http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article6841779.ece
> This story says "Cyber criminals have created a highly sophisticated Trojan
> virus that steals online banking log-in details from infected computers.."
> Isn't that mixing things up, I always understood Trojan horses and viruses
> to
> be different things.
> At least they say that it's a Windows malware, which is not a very common
> thing to do; most news stories use "computer virus" as though all computers
> were the same.
> Carla
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