If you’ve never read The Iliad or studied the Trojan War, go look those up first. Everyone should know the basic Greek myths, and none of this USA miniseries about Helen of Troy crap, okay? Read the real stuff. You’ll be a better person.
On what seems to be becoming a weekly riff, last night’s CSI was disgusting, gross, and I liked it. The concept of shoving bags of diamonds into a horse’s uterus to smuggle them to the US is … insane. Okay, so yeah a horse has a huge uterus, but the bags are going to screw up a breeding mare, in that they’ll cause damage to the uterine walls and probably create an infection.
There are safer ways of smuggling that shit around than a live animal.
The Trojan Horse technique has been around for centuries, and most people know of it thanks to computer viruses. The concept is simple: hide something dangerous inside of something pretty and desirable. That’s it.
For the computer minded, Trojan Horses are impostors– files that claim to be something desirable but, in fact, are malicious. A very important distinction between Trojan horse programs and true viruses is that they do not replicate themselves. Trojans contain malicious code that when triggered cause loss, or even theft, of data. For a Trojan horse to spread, you must, invite these programs onto your computers– for example, by opening an email attachment or downloading and running a file from the Internet.
While the Greeks used it to kick some Trojan ass, currently people use the concept to smuggle drugs and other illegal items around the world.
In 1997, American William Ping Chen was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January in Shanghai, China, for smuggling. Though the reason was not explained, Chen had tried to bring 238 tons of medical waste and ordinary garbage into the country by labeling it paper.
People do some crazy shit.
This was supposed to be longer, but I’ve lost my ranting train of thought.