A bit of revisionist history…

Following a link from GigaOm to Meraki a vendor of wireless mesh routing gear, I was amused to read the a href=”http://www.meraki.net/about.html”>bio of Robert Morris, one of the company’s advisors.

Morris is a distinguished technologist and a successful entrepreneur. But he’s best known for the “Morris worm” he inadvertently created as a graduate student, which essentially shut down the Internet for a time in 1988. Morris wrote a piece of viral code to measure the size of the Net, by replicating from server to server. Unfortunately, he made a programming error, which caused the worm to replicate out of control, overwhelming routers through the network. This was before the Net had significant commercial traffic or the World Wide Web, but it was still a big deal at the time.

So, how does Morris describe this notorious incident on the Meraki “about” page?

“In 1988 his discovery of buffer overflow first brought the Internet to the attention of the general public.”

Well, er, yes, BUT……