Wednesday, January 19, 2011

worms! or, a note on computer security

It's been twenty five years since the release of @Brain, the first PC computer virus.

It wasn't until November of 1988 that the Morris worm[1] ran around the Internet and mucked things up, spurring the creation of CERT.

Trivia: The use of the term "worm" to refer to self-replicating computer worms comes from Brunner's excellent novel "The Shockwave Rider".

[1] When I first encountered the term "RTFM", it was shortly after the worm, and I assumed it meant "Robert T Fucking Morris", which led to a bit of confusion on my part.

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Regis has worked as a network engineer since 1994 for small companies and for large companies.