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DOCUMENT: phage #096 [Re: Disassembled virus?] (1 message, 633 bytes)
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From: Gene Spafford <spaf>
To: phage
Date: Mon 09:58:55 07/11/1988 EST
Subject: Re: Disassembled virus?
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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.