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The late, great internet virus

tittle@glacier.ICS.UCI.EDU (Cindy Tittle)
(true, chuckle)

(From Time Magazine, Milestones section, June 5, 1989)

"SUSPENDED: Robert Tappan Morris, Jr., 23, Cornell University graduate
student who last fall bedeviled two national computer networks linking
universities, corporations and the military by infecting them with a
computer virus.  Morris' mischievous software program was apparently
intended to produce a slow disruption of the networks.  But a minor
mistake in the instructions caused the virus to identify secret
passwords, shut down systems and replicate itself uncontrollably.
While no criminal charges have been filed against Morris, Cornell
barred him from classes until fall 1990."

Wow...what would a major mistake cause the software to do?!  It's a
good thing none of our inexperienced students trying to write C
programs here have stumbled across this particular "minor mistake."

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