This 1988 report on the Morris Internet Worm takes the drama level up a peg (by illustrating the virus takeover with footage from Atari 2600’s E.T), luckily the computer scientists at MIT are there to logically reason out the “why”. I am pretty sure if my Mom had seen this report she would have yanked me off my Commodore and put me on antibiotics.
The Morris Worm was written by Robert Tappan Morris (rtm) as a means of gauging the size of the internet, but a miscalculation in its programming allowed multiple instances of the worm to run on the same computer. Since each instance took up processing power it could eventually lock up a computer.
Thanks to Rich for emailing me this report.