Wednesday, November 23, 2011

pull for delicious candy

found on failblog

sometimes i think the analogy of the trojan horse is a little too abstract for people, especially when it comes to explaining the more ambiguous instances where the trojan horse program isn't actually malicious in itself but simply presented in a false light with a malicious intent (the example i often use is that of FORMAT.COM renamed to SEXYFUN.EXE).

this example i hope is a little more concrete and easy to understand. a fire alarm is by no means a bad thing in and of itself, in fact it's a very important and desirable thing to have when there's a fire. but if you dress it up like a candy dispenser, all hell will break loose when children come by.