Watch this 1988 news report about the world's first computer worm

By on November 2, 2013, 6:45 PM

You’d think the world was coming to an end judging by this 1988 news report about the first computer ‘virus’ to spread via the Internet. This particular virus, known as the Morris worm, was written by Cornell student Robert Morris and distributed on this very day – November 2 – 25 years ago.

“It came from California. Maybe. Traveled by electronic mail. It spread across America,” the news report said. “It arrived at MIT in the middle of the night. The students were safe. Their computers weren’t.” All jokes aside in hindsight, the worm was a significant milestone in computer security at the time although it never meant to cause any harm.

Morris designed the worm to gauge the size of the Internet but a crucial error in the code transformed the otherwise harmless program into a self-replicating nightmare. It is believed the worm infected some 6,000 machines, or roughly 10 percent of all computers connected to the Internet at the time, and resulted in the first conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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VitalyT VitalyT said:

Imagine what it would take to see again a glimpse of a virus code on national TV these days...

Guest said:

Things have gone downhill since.

Guest said:

"Hey, someone I don't know sent me an email."

"Cool, there's an attachment, I hope it's a cool game!"

*6 hours later downloading on a 14k modem*

"That was fast!"

"Darn, file corrupt, I'll redownload."

*11 hours later*

"Finished downloading! This game better be good."

"Aw, computer no work no more."

Guest said:

Guest said: .... "Aw, computer no work no more."

You didn't watch did you? Virus made no harm.

hwangsta said:

"...just as we become totally dependent on our computers" - 1988

Camikazi said:

OMG those clothes and hair, just when I thought I had forgotten those times.

Guest said:

Awesome, and Amish guy who is into Tech!

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

How about Schillers push broom lip.

Guest said:

1988... Plenty of NES classics already on the scene, countless awesome arcade games....

...And they use footage from E.T. on an Atari 2600

Reminds me of all the things on TV that to this very day use stock sounds from the crappy 2600 Pac-Man :)

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