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From: Gene Spafford <spaf>
Date: Mon 09:58:55 07/11/1988 EST
Subject: Re: Disassembled virus?
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Rich, I really agree with Keith on this one -- let's not post the virus source anywhere that accessible. All we need to do is provide malicious individuals with something they can change with a couple of keystrokes and reissue to the net the next time a major backdoor is discovered. I don't think the virus code should be kept strictly secret, but I really don't think we want to circulate it in that public a forum. If my colleagues and I were to be researching nerve gas, we would want to know where to get the formula and how to get small samples for controlled use. I certainly wouldn't want kits distributed to my students with both agents of a binary nerve gas. The potential for accident and abuse is too great. --spaf
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