Robert Morris

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Robert MorrisName: Robert Tappan Morris

Born: November 8, 1965

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer scientist, best known for creating the Morris Worm in 1988, considered the first computer worm on the Internet. He was sentenced to three years of probation, 400 hours of community service, and a fine of over $10,000.
  • Became the first person convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act on July 26, 1989.
  • Co-founded Viaweb, a start-up company that made software for building online stores which later sold for $48 million to Yahoo.
  • His father was the late Robert Morris, a coauthor of UNIX and the former chief scientist at the National Computer Security Center.

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