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A Gold Standard in Cyber-Defense

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The history of Internet security is both worrisome and instructive. When the first virus — the "Morris worm"—was launched in 1988, the Internet was a closed system of 60,000 computers used almost exclusively by academic, government, and military researchers. Morris used known vulnerabilities in communications software to knock offline about 10 percent of the computers tied to the Web.

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