Home » Computers

Beware Of Trojan Viruses From Road Apples

Feb 13, 2008
I was traveling one time, as I often do, and was staying at a hotel on my trip home. I went down that morning in order to be able to grab some of the continental breakfast that they were serving. This particular hotel had a great breakfast buffet and I was really enjoying it when I looked over into the corner and there was a computer sitting in a small office. I asked one of the hostesses about the computer and they told me that it was for the visitors to the hotel to be able to check e-mail or to surf the Internet. I went back into the room in order to do just that. After checking my e-mail and making sure that my little Internet world was still running I stood up to leave when something caught my eye.

Sitting right there on the desk and partially hidden under the computer was a CD-ROM. I pulled out the CD to see what it could be and written on the outside were the words customer invoices and payroll. Now I'm not a dishonest person, but I have to admit that my curiosity got the best of me. I rationalized it in my mind that I would just take the CD home and look at it to find out who it belonged to. In that way I could return it to its rightful owner. I tucked the CD into my suit pocket and walked out.

Once I got home I loaded the CD into my computer and ran the file that was located on it. I was disappointed that the file didn't open, so I took the CD out of the tray and threw it away. What I didn't realize is that I had just fallen for a trick that is known as a road apple. The CD that was left in the small office was actually a ruse, and by running the CD program I ended up installing a Trojan horse virus onto my computer.

I had always thought that if I had a Trojan horse virus would crash my computer altogether. What I didn't realize is that this particular Trojan horse virus just ran in the background and secretly watched everything that I did. They recorded all of my keystrokes and did some screen captures and then sent them all to the creator of the Trojan horse virus. It wasn't long before trouble really began to crop up.

The first thing that I noticed that was wrong is that strange charges began to appear on my credit card. It seems that when I had typed it in to my computer when I purchased something online that the Trojan horse virus had sent off my credit card number and it was used by someone else. Then I was locked out of my e-mail account and found out that it had been compromised and used to send out millions of spam e-mails. Most of my accounts soon became unavailable.

It took me a long time to be able to correct all of the things that this Trojan horse virus had done. Not only did it steal my credit card numbers but it took all of my passwords and locked me out of my accounts. It took many e-mails and a lot more hours to be able to get all of my passwords changed and my credit cards reestablished with a different number. So it doesn't matter what kind of package it comes in, a Trojan horse virus can strike and cause you a lot of pain.
About the Author
For more information about the Trojan Horse please visit http://www.trojanhorsefacts.com
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 176
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources