Accession Number:

ADA344751

Title:

Computer Security: Virus Highlights Need for Improved Internet Management

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY DIV

Report Date:

1989-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

50.0

Abstract:

In November 1988, a computer program caused thousands of computers on the Internet a multinetwork system connecting over 60,000 computers nationwide and overseas to shut down. This program, commonly referred to as a computer virus or worm, entered computers and continuously recopied itself, consuming resources and hampering network operations. Concerned about Internet security and the virus incident, the Chairman, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, asked GAO to provide an overview of the virus incident, examine issues relating to Internet security and vulnerabilities, and describe the factors affecting the prosecution of computer virus incidents.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE