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From: Eliot Lear <lear@NET.BIO.NET>
Date: Tue 04:19:28 16/05/1989 EST
Subject: Cliff Stoll on the Virus
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Cliff Stoll appeared in front of the Senate Judiciary committee yesterday to testify on the Internet Worm incident. Although it was carried on CSPAN tonight, I tuned in late. I was able to catch a few points, however.  Vendor response was poor, and he was glad that he did not have rely on them solving the problem.  He gave a description of the Greeting Card virus, comparing it to a ponzie scheme.  He gave a fairly good layman's description of the worm, good enough that it appeared that Senator Leahy appeared to understand what had transpired.  He also argued that viruses and worms are, at best, acts of vandalism, that no good could come out of such programs.  He stated that the scientists stopped looking at the worm as interesting research topics just around the time that the bigwigs started severring connections between various networks. Senator leahy asked if there was a fine line between computer vandals and tomorrow's computer geniuses. Stoll responded that there is a vast world of things yet to be discovered for these young minds to start with. I missed most of the closing remarks, but from what I gather, Cliff based the blame for such incidents on a lack of professional ethics in this field. The hearing will not be adjourned for another 3 months, for those interested in getting their licks in.
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