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Bruce Buchanan
Aug 6, 1989
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COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE

BY BRUCE G. BUCHANAN
Department of Computer Science
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • The world was startled last November by the computer virus (or worm) that infected thousands of computers on Internet. A recent article looks at password-cracking algorithms that allow viruses to migrate. Other articles in a special section on "The Worm Story" deal with different aspects of the November infection, including a summary from...