First developed by John Shoch and Jon Hupp at Xerox PARC in 1978, a worm is a destructive software program containing code capable of gaining access to computers or networks.
Once within the computer or network, the worm causes harm by deleting, modifying, distributing, or otherwise manipulating data.
Robert T. Morris later developed the Morris Worm in 1988, which became the first Internet worm.
Short for Write Once Read Many, WORM is a CD that can be written to and then read from thereafter. See CD-R for additional information.