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ARCHIVE: 'Phage List' - Archives (1988 - 1989)
DOCUMENT: phage #224 [[no subject]] (1 message, 680 bytes)
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From: der Mouse <mouse@Larry.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
To: phage
Date: Thu 01:29:12 10/11/1988 EST
Subject: [no subject]
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> From: Bill Sommerfeld <>
>> From: (Douglas Comer)

>> The ONLY thing that will discourage copy-cats is severe punishment
>> for the author.

> There may be the possibility of criminal suits; since the virus
> reportedly left the country, the author violated U. S. export
> regulations (the binary contained a copy of crypt(), which is a
> DES-derived encryption algorithm).

The login program, which is shipped with every UNIX system in
existence, also contains (indeed, *must* contain) the same algorithm.
Thus the target system can be presumed to already have exactly that
code on it.

Oh, that's right, I forgot.  We're talking about US Government
restrictions.  They don't have to make sense.

					der Mouse

			old: mcgill-vision!mouse