To this day, the Morris worm has been called a virus
due to its actions (Boettger, 2000). The main difference between a worm and a
virus is that worms can self-propagate to other machines without the help of
human interaction (Boettger, 2000). Viruses usually need to be propagated by
another source to get to another computer (Boettger, 2000). A source can be an
anything directly connected to a computer. Back then, this would include floppy
disks or another software program (Boettger, 2000). Today, it could be compact
disks or USB drives. The number of computers that are being affected by
trojans, viruses, and worms is increasing every day. They are all nuisances
that cause problems for computer users everywhere (Boettger, 2000). These
problems vary from minor annoyances to very malicious. They can cause companies
millions of dollars a year for lost data (Boettger, 2000).

Some facts
about the Morris worm is that it was released from MIT, and not Cornell like
some people thought (Boettger, 2000). There are sources that state the worm was
intended to look like it came from Berkeley because Morris did not want anyone
to know that the virus came from his own college (Boettger, 2000).  The worm was intended to put itself on
the computer only once and was supposed to stop (Boettger, 2000).

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Unfortunately, it replicated itself hundreds of times, which caused the
computers to crash (Boettger, 2000). Intense work required to get the computer
back up and operational. Then the worm had to be taken off the computer in
order to fix it (Boettger, 2000). The worm was able to spread to other
computers due to its connection to the internet and its ability to
self-propagate and self-replicate (Boettger, 2000). It spread too quickly for
most people to avoid (Boettger, 2000). The victims would just take themselves
off the Internet, fix their computer, and keep it off the Internet until there
was a fix for the worm (Boettger, 2000). 

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