Great Worm, The: N. The 1988 Internet {worm} Perpetrated By {RTM}.

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:Great Worm, the: n. The 1988 Internet {worm} perpetrated by
{RTM}. This is a play on Tolkien (compare {elvish},
{elder days}). In the fantasy history of his Middle Earth
books, there were dragons powerful enough to lay waste to entire
regions; two of these (Scatha and Glaurung) were known as "the
Great Worms". This usage expresses the connotation that the RTM
hack was a sort of devastating watershed event in hackish history;
certainly it did more to make non-hackers nervous about the
Internet than anything before or since.
-- The AI Hackers Dictionary