Robert T. Morris

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Date
1990
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© Bettmann/Corbis
Object ID
500004813

In 1990, Robert T. Morris (then 25 years old) was the first person convicted under the “Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” after he created the first worm to have a major effect on real-world computer systems. It brought down much of the Internet and related networks for days. Morris apologized in 2008, saying he'd sought to estimate the Internet's size, not cause harm.