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The Trojan horse was, in the epic poem The Aeneid, a wooden horse presented as gift to the city of Troy during the Trojan War which, when brought inside the city gates, was discovered to hold Greek troops inside. Over time, the term "Trojan horse" has come to mean any seemingly benign object which holds a hidden threat or danger.

The term is also used in computer programming, to describe a damaging program disguised as a non-dangerous one. (VOY short story: "A Taste of Spam")

In 2370, Diaadul planted a "Trojan horse" program into the computers of Deep Space 9 that disabled the station's shields. (DS9 novel: Proud Helios)

In 2371, the USS Defiant detected a stasis chamber floating in space near the Sreba. Sisko ordered the chamber to be transported aboard, but planned to send it back into space if it contained a "Trojan horse". It was later discovered that Heather Petersen was in the stasis chamber. (DS9 - Invasion! novel: Time's Enemy)

T'Ryssa Chen was suspected of being a Trojan horse after being attacked by Borg, and then sent 2000 light years back to Federation space, seemingly unassimilated. (TNG novel: Greater Than the Sum)


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