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DOCUMENT: phage #237 [Rumors of a second outbreak?] (1 message, 866 bytes)
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From: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@ATHENA.MIT.EDU>
To: phage
Date: Thu 21:36:37 10/11/1988 EST
Subject: Rumors of a second outbreak?
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The Boston Globe just called....

	... apparently, the Washington Post started a rumor that a
second (same?) virus had broken out (again?) at MIT, and that
communications at MIT and Harvard had been disrupted because of this.
(We had not noticed any problems with the network.)  It took me a few
minutes to figure out what she was probably talking about it:  the
posting of the partial source code to phage!  Note the following

From: Jeff Smith <>
>Apparently they are actively worried that some group of hackers will
>get the code, modify it, and send it out again to exploit some new
>hole.   They first called me since I'm listed as systems admin (who

From: Gene Spafford, <>
>He called back a few minutes later.  The FBI has been told that
>hundreds of copies of the code have potentially been distributed to
>people around the country and we could face a new outbreak.  I was told

	But just in case, has anyone heard about a second virus
outbreak?  I'd also be interested in tracking down the source of the
rumor (assuming that it really is a media-inspired scare).

						- Ted