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The Morris worm was a worm accidentally released into the Internet by Robert Tappan Morris. The worm was supposed to be innocuous, but because of a programming bug it fatally crippled its host. The end result of the worm was to disable 10% of the Internet at that time (60,000 servers).

What would happen if 10% of the Internet today went down? Catastrophe!

I can remember reading about it in the newspaper and on Usenet and elsewhere, and following the details. I can remember the talk about young rtm (his login) and his father, a security expert for the National Security Administration (or NSA).

There is an article in Network World about this event that is worth reading.