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ARCHIVE: 'Phage List' - Archives (1988 - 1989)
DOCUMENT: phage #077 [CNN late report on virus origin] (1 message, 593 bytes)
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From: (Rich Kulawiec)
To: phage
Date: Sat 02:08:19 05/11/1988 EST
Subject: CNN late report on virus origin
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CNN is reporting that the virus was started by a 23-year old
grad student at Cornell; they say that the person responsible
is the son of a computer security expert.  I'm not sure that I
have the name right (I'm very tired), so I won't include it here
to avoid accidentally damaging someone's reputation.   They also
report that it escaped accidentally -- which makes some sense.
Portions of the virus code appear incomplete (for example, it
knows the offset needed to break the Vax fingerd, but doesn't
know the correct offset for Sun's fingerd; it also doesn't erase
its tracks as cleverly as it might; and so on).  Finally, they
report that the FBI is investigating.