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The worm that turned vicious.

One of the more frightening anecdotes that prompt rps tells to scare us into subscribing is the story of the bunch of hackers who managed to install into a large company’s system a 124 byte “worm” that doubled in size every time the disk head moved. The gang demanded $6m in return for the software cure. When the victim asked for proof that the cure actually works, the hackers gave the names of ten Fortune 1000 companies as referees. Now that’s scary.

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