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ARCHIVE: 'Phage List' - Archives (1988 - 1989)
DOCUMENT: phage #241 [6,000 sites] (1 message, 709 bytes)
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From: Jeffrey I. Schiller <jis@ATHENA.MIT.EDU>
To: phage
Date: Sat 01:10:09 12/11/1988 EST
Subject: 6,000 sites
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   Date: Wed, 9 Nov 88 18:36:44 EST
   From: rick@SEISMO.CSS.GOV (Rick Adams)

   As I understand it there are about 6,000 sites in the internet host
   tables and about 56,000 sites that are in the domain servers.

   I think 60,000 is a better estimate of the number of Internet hosts
   than 6,000.

   There was a message posted to tcp-ip a few weeks ago that described
   someone writing a program to walk through the domain tree and count hosts.
   I'm fairly sure that he quoted 56,000 as reachable hosts.

I believe the 6,000 number comes from us (read Jim Bruce and myself)
telling the reporters at our Friday press conference the following

1) There are about 60,000 hosts on the network (ie. 56,000 rounded to
the nearest 10,000).

2) There are about 2,000 machines on the MIT campus.

3) About 200 machines at MIT were infected.

Take the above three facts, mash them around and voila you get 6,000
hosts affected.