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Stephen Downes

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This article recounts the history of the Morris Worm (which, in 1988, was simply 'the worm). The history is interesting; the security lessons are essential (quoted or paraphrased):

  • good security practice involves fully mediated access (aka "Zero Trust")
  • systems without separation of privilege facilitated the spread of malware
  • sharing information across organizations lads to a more robust timely response
  • type-unsafe languages with minimal security features can lead to exploits
  • heterogenity of systems provides some bulwark against common attacks
  • not everything that can be done should be done

 

 

 

 

 

 

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