Morris Worm Creator Indicted
In 1986, a Robert Morris, a student at MIT, created a program to determine how large the Internet was. Later called the Morris Worm, it had an error in it which cause itself to replicate and infect computers until they crashed.
Just this month, Morris was indicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a law which has since been updated. Morris was given three years’ probation and fined $10,000.
Morris currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.