How One Hacker's Mistake Fashioned the Internet You Use Today

Posted by Ridcully on Nov 5, 2013 5:29 AM EDT; By Max Knoblauch
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The Department of Defense thought the Russians were attacking. An MIT computer called PREP was the first to be penetrated. It was Nov. 2, 1988, and the time was approximately 8 p.m. Within hours and into the following morning, an estimated 10% of all machines connected to the Internet would crash, overloaded with several copies of a mysterious program.

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