How a grad student trying to build the first botnet brought the Internet to its knees On November 3, 1988, 25 years ago this Sunday, people woke up to find the Internet had changed forever. The night before, someone had released a malevolent computer program on the fledgling computer network. By morning, thousands of computers had become clogged with numerous copies of a computer "worm," a program that spread from computer to computer much like a biological infection. Story for first worm, revisited by Washington Post, good read. I like his reason for this 'adventure' "A brilliant loner, he seemed to be motivated more by intellectual curiosity than malice."