08:31:55 pm on March 5, 2007 |
The below document tells the story of the Internet Worm of 1988 and how it effectively shut down the Internet. I didn’t write it, but it’s hard to find it on the net these days, so I offer it here on the theory that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
I remember when it happened. It was a big deal to computer people like me, but in 1988 the Internet was unknown even to the most sophisticated media reporters, and the World Wide Web had not been invented yet. I remember the NBC Evening News devoting less than 30 seconds to the topic. If an equally severe disruption of the Internet were to happen today, the President of the United States would probably hold a press conference to calm the nationAdvertisements