Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 7/29/2008 07:16:00 AM

Happy Birthday -- Sort Of -- to the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act

Saturday, July 26, was the 19th Anniversary of the first indictment under the Federal Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, passed earlier in 1986.

Robert T. Morris a Harvard graduate and a graduate student at Cornell, developed the first widely spread Internet virus, and the first worm virus. He was indicted for spreading that virus and infecting more than 6,000 university, research center and military computers.

Morris was found guilty in 1990 and sentenced to 400 hours of community service and three years’ probation, and fined $10,050.

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