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In general, a rogue is someone who strays from the accepted path, is mischievous, or is a cheat. In information technology, the term has several usages.

1) A rogue Internet service provider ( ISP ) is one that knowingly originates spam (unsolicited mass e-mail).

2) A rogue Web site is one that subverts a legitimate Web site by appearing to replace it.

3) In programming, rogue code is another term for code that constitutes a virus .

4) Rogue is the name of an animated computer game written in UNIX. It is a dungeons-and-dragons game that has given rise to numerous variations that are popular among young people.

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