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Happy anniversary to the Morris Worm

It's been almost twenty years since the mainstream media discovered there was such a thing as a computer worm, as on Nov. 2, 1988, the Morris Worm escaped MIT labs and set out to smack around a few thousand BSD boxes running Sendmail, resulting in a good old-fashioned DDoS attack. This is as good a reason as any to plug some Classic Geek Trivia.

It's been almost twenty years since the mainstream media discovered there was such a thing as a computer worm, as on Nov. 2, 1988, the Morris Worm escaped MIT labs and set out to smack around a few thousand BSD boxes running Sendmail, resulting in a good old-fashioned DDoS attack. This is as good a reason as any to plug some Classic Geek Trivia, so let's ask the following question:

What work of science fiction coined the term computer worm?

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