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

Shawn Knight

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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...

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


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

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


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 :)