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From: Pete Cottrell <email@example.com>
Date: Sun 22:43:32 06/11/1988 EST
Subject: Re: Security Mailing List
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Hmmm, I was wondering what had happened to the security list; while I was on it, there seemed to be regular postings, no indications of it dying....but then, it just stopped coming. I agree that it is time to bring it back, despite whatever problems might be encountered in logistics and legalities. I think that some work will have to be done, such as making it a new list as opposed to just using the current 'phage' list (I am currently getting 3 or 4 copies of every message sent). I must admit that the worm event took me a bit by surprise; I guess I knew it could happen to the Internet, but the fear of viruses was something I sort of dismissed as something that users of PCs and MACs had to worry about. I think a lot of us were surprised and we should start thinking about and discussing more seriously such things. It would seem as though there should be plenty to discuss. Since nothing like this has happened on such a scale before, we are unprepared for LAW (Life After Worm). Configurations will be changed, new software (and thus new bugs and holes) will be needed. Interconnectivity could become a 'bad thing'. Look at how the Internet was fragmented as gateways were shut down (rightly so in this case); it might take a while before folks are convinced that it is safe to reconnect. While this may not be a topic for the list, one issue I think most of us will have to face is how to deal with the public perception of what happened. We all know that the word 'hacker' drums up negative connotations for the average joe out there, partially because of their ignorance of the subject and because of what they've been fed by the media. While I think the media was generally kind in this incident, it was made evident that the potential for net-nastiness is very real and that despite people's herculean efforts, relief still took a while. Also remember that some of those average joes are in positions of power (say, high-up non-tech administrators at Universities or companies) and will undoubtably have something to say that can affect our world. Well, one last thing as I climb down off of the soapbox. It was truly gratifying to see the cooperation, sharing and effort put forth by members of the net. "Good job!" to all who stayed up and worked on diagnosing, trapping and decoding this worm. Your efforts helped out lots of people and re-confirm to us that 'hacker' is a badge of honor.
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