(From "Tapeworm" in John Brunner's novel "The Shockwave Rider", via XEROX PARC) 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 crackers write worms.Perhaps the best-known example was the Great Worm. Compare Trojan horse. [Jargon File]
Last updated: 1996-09-17
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