To this day, the Morris worm has been called a virusdue to its actions (Boettger, 2000). The main difference between a worm and avirus is that worms can self-propagate to other machines without the help ofhuman interaction (Boettger, 2000).
Viruses usually need to be propagated byanother source to get to another computer (Boettger, 2000). A source can be ananything directly connected to a computer. Back then, this would include floppydisks or another software program (Boettger, 2000). Today, it could be compactdisks or USB drives. The number of computers that are being affected bytrojans, viruses, and worms is increasing every day. They are all nuisancesthat cause problems for computer users everywhere (Boettger, 2000). Theseproblems vary from minor annoyances to very malicious. They can cause companiesmillions of dollars a year for lost data (Boettger, 2000).
Some factsabout the Morris worm is that it was released from MIT, and not Cornell likesome people thought (Boettger, 2000). There are sources that state the worm wasintended to look like it came from Berkeley because Morris did not want anyoneto know that the virus came from his own college (Boettger, 2000). The worm was intended to put itself onthe computer only once and was supposed to stop (Boettger, 2000).Unfortunately, it replicated itself hundreds of times, which caused thecomputers to crash (Boettger, 2000). Intense work required to get the computerback up and operational.
Then the worm had to be taken off the computer inorder to fix it (Boettger, 2000). The worm was able to spread to othercomputers due to its connection to the internet and its ability toself-propagate and self-replicate (Boettger, 2000). It spread too quickly formost people to avoid (Boettger, 2000). The victims would just take themselvesoff the Internet, fix their computer, and keep it off the Internet until therewas a fix for the worm (Boettger, 2000).