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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Erik E. Fair)
Date: Fri 05:41:04 04/11/1988 EST
Subject: External Exposure of our problem
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Good morning. As of now, CSNET Relay is down. CSNET will not return until later today, at the earliest, according to the folks at CSNET. All the MILNET mailbridges return "host is unreachable" immediately upon PING from an ARPANET connected host. Friday's Wall Street Journal has our problem on the front page as the second item under "What's News - World Wide", with a story on B4. Friday's New York Times has our problem on the top of the front page: "`Virus' in Military Computers Disrupts Systems Nationwide." This story says that they (NYT) got an anonymous call from a friend of an anonymous CS grad student somewhere in the northeast let this thing loose as an experiment, and didn't know that it reinfected infected systems until it had already escaped out to the Internet. I've heard that the story has been on NPR, ABC Radio News, and got play on tonight's TV news. It is also supposedly in in Thursday's San Francisco Examiner (copy, anyone?) I plan on scanning these articles and posting their content to the list as soon as I get ahold of a scanner with OCR software at Apple, which, coincidentally, I had arranged on Wednesday for something entirely different. The worm (it's not a virus, it hasn't, so far as I've heard, attacked any other existing binaries) attempted to attack Apple, but because our network connection has been flaky, it was unsucessful at getting a copy of the listener to run. I am thus dependent upon you all for analysis of this thing. I await details with breathless antici... pation! Yow! Are We Having Fun YET? Erik E. Fair ucbvax!fair email@example.com P.S. We'd better start thinking about the aftermath of this thing. How much of the Internet is going to go apeshit paranoid? Thank [your deity of choice here] that the Senior Senator from Wisconsin has retired.
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