This day in tech history, the Morris Worm

A floppy disk containing the code for the Morris Worm.

28 years ago, the Morris Worm was created by an MIT student whose purpose was to figure out the size of the internet (How many devices were connected). What the worm was meant to do was infect a computer if it wasn’t already infected, and then infect all other computers connected to it. However, an error in the programming had the virus render a computer unusable if it got infected. The Morris worm ended up infecting around 10% of the devices connected to the internet at the time, and caused the internet to be shut down for days. The total damages from the worm range anywhere from $100,000 to $10,000,000 in damages.


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