Cuckoo's Egg

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See also: Bad Things | Trojan horse

Also known as: Red Herring

A file whose metadata claims to be one thing, but in actuality is not. The record industry has used this to attempt to foil users of P2P systems looking for certain songs.

A lot of pornography, particularly gay porn, exists on networks which is falsely named. Cuckoo's Egg can be annoying for users on narrowband. Unlike spam which can overwhelm an email account, this trickery is relatively minor in comparison.