Worm: [from `tapeworm' In John Brunner's Novel "The Shockwave Rider", Via XEROX PARC] N.

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:worm: [from `tapeworm' in John Brunner's novel "The
Shockwave Rider", via XEROX PARC] n. A program that propagates
itself over a network, reproducing itself as it goes. Compare
{virus}. Nowadays the term has negative connotations, as it is
assumed that only {cracker}s write worms. Perhaps the
best-known example was Robert T. Morris's `Internet Worm' of 1988,
a `benign' one that got out of control and hogged hundreds of
Suns and VAXen across the U.S. See also {cracker}, {RTM},
{Trojan horse}, {ice}, and {Great Worm, the}.
-- The AI Hackers Dictionary