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DOCUMENT: phage #399 [Re: culprit identified] (1 message, 704 bytes)
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From: Thomas Narten <>
To: phage
Date: Sat 11:19:50 05/11/1988 EST
Subject: Re: culprit identified
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Today's (Saturday) New York Times (and others papers??) has a front
page article by John Markoff headlined "Author of Computer 'Virus' Is
Son Of U.S. Electronic Security Expert".  They have two sources "with
detailed knowledge of the case" that report: "the younger Morris could
not be reached for comment yesterday.  The sources said he flew to
Washington yesterday and is planning to hire a lawyer and meet with
officials of DCA..."

The story also asserts that "the program was intended to live
innocently and undetected in the Arpanet, the Department of Defense
computer network in which it was first introduced, and secretly and
slowly make copies that would move from computer to computer.  But a
design error caused it instead to replicate madly out of control,
ultimately jamming 6,000 computers nationwide".