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ARCHIVE: 'Phage List' - Archives (1988 - 1989)
DOCUMENT: phage #049 [Re: External exposure of our problem] (1 message, 833 bytes)
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From: Greg Skinner <>
To: phage
Date: Sat 13:42:32 05/11/1988 EST
Subject: Re: External exposure of our problem
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[I sent this out yesterday, but due to general network outages I doubt it
went everywhere.]

CBS had a fairly lengthy report of the virus.  Ralph Gorin was interviewed
by a CBS commentator.  He identified some of the sites that had been hit
by the virus, and that Berkeley Unix was the "piece of software infected by
the virus."

I believe Jeff Schiller from MIT was interviewed as well, although it might
have been on ABC.

Remember how we all thought all kinds of hell would be raised if it was
discovered that a government research network was passing around messages of
a "frivolous" nature?  I wonder what effect the virus will have on the
future of usenet, mail, or the entire Internet for that matter.  So far I
have heard no official word from DCA.

I'd also like to point out that I am generally disappointed with the way the
media is handling the incident.  They would have it that the classified data
in military installations has been compromised.  (Which reminds me -- I
better see to it that these bug fixes make it to our clients who run a secure