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The Morris Worm: Cyber Security, Viral Contagions, and National Sovereignty

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dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Megan Shemakov, Roman 2020-06-22T18:04:40Z 2020-06-22T18:04:40Z 2019
dc.description.abstract This paper analyzes the history of cybercrime rhetoric through the 1989 hacking of the earliest internet network, ARPANET. The event is useful for understanding how contagion rhetoric of the computer science professionals imprints onto the public consciousness, security agencies, and legal institutions. By drawing on notes from the meetings of the National Computer Security Center, Congressional Hearings, Court Cases, and National Legislation in the aftermath of the Morris Worm, the author explores how contagion discourse constructs protectorate institutions in its image. From the birth of the computing industry in World War II, to the Computer Eradication Act of 1989, this paper traces how popular catastrophic events, like the Morris Worm, construct a public reaction that instinctually abdicates intellectual authority to an expert-induced panic. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of History en_US
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dc.title The Morris Worm: Cyber Security, Viral Contagions, and National Sovereignty en_US
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