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DOCUMENT: phage #080 [some points to make with the media] (1 message, 902 bytes)
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To: phage
Date: Sun 20:22:04 06/11/1988 EST
Subject: some points to make with the media
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For those of us who will be dealing with the media in the days to come,
for the in-depth summaries of the event, I have some points that we
all ought to try and hit home with our media contacts:

1. This was a worm, not a virus. It did not attack any other binaries
	on the systems it infested. It is relatively easy to eradicate.
	The hysteria over viruses in the press in recent months is
	something we ought to avoid associating ourselves with.

2. It was specific to two types of computers: DEC VAXen, and Sun-3's;
	Sun-2s, Sun-4s, PCs, Macs, etc., were not affected.

3. Viruses are very hard to write for UNIX, because UNIX systems
	almost always use MMUs. UNIX is much better protected against
	viruses than MS/DOS or Macintosh systems. I now say:

	Using a Computer without an MMU is like Sex without a Condom.

4. It is illegal for classified information to be stored in the
	computers attached to the Internet. Classified systems are not
	allowed to be attached to the Internet. If any classified
	information was compromised, it was in direct violation of
	government regulations that cover the handling of classified
	data. If some reporter does find some classified data on the
	Internet, there will be other fish to fry.

5. The Internet is basically back on-line now.

Does anyone have anything to add to this?

	Erik E. Fair	apple!fair