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This Day in Computer History: October 24

written by: Pipedreamergrey•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 10/26/2008

Today marks the anniversary of the detection of the Sober Worm and the adoption of the official federal definition of the term "Internet." Read more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology of notable events in the computer, ecommerce, and software industries on this day in history

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    This Day in Computer History


    The Federal Networking Council, an organization representing diverse federal agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Department of Defense in matters of network communications, met to pass a resolution to officially define the term “Internet.” The document reads, in part, “Resolution: The Federal Networking Council (FNC) agrees that the following language reflects our definition of the term “Internet”. “Internet” refers to the global information system that - (I) was logically linked together by a globally unique address space based on the Internet Protocol (IP) or its subsequent extensions/follow-ons; (II) was able to support communications using the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite or its subsequent extensions/follow-ons, and/or other IP-compatible protocols; and (II) provides, uses or makes accessible, either publicly or privately, high level services layered on the communications and related infrastructure described herein.”


    Apple Computer released an update of its MacOS X operating system, MacOS 10.3 or "Panther." The system featured significant improvements to both its user interface and processor utilization. It also included Exposé, FileVault, a new Finder utility, Font Book, iChat AV, and Xcode. Price: $129

    The Sober computer worm was first discovered. Written entirely in Visual Basic, Sober distributes copies of itself as an e-mail attachment using its own SMTP engine. When a Windows user opens the attachment, which includes a .bat, .com, .exe, .pif, or .scr file extension, the worm alters the Windows registry, deactivates any other Sober variants already present on the system, and disables popular antivirus applications.


    Thirty-eight year-old Chan Nai-ming of Hong Kong was convicted of violating copyright ordinances by allegedly uploading a number of films to a bittorrent network, including Daredevil, Miss Congeniality, and Red Planet. He was released on HK$5,000 bail to await sentencing. On November 7, 2005, he would be sentenced to a three month jail sentence, but then granted bail pending an appeal, which would be dismissed by the Hong Kong's Court of First Instance on December 12, 2006 largely due to a lack of legal precedence. The case publicly establishes the difficulty of prosecuting filesharing cases in Hong Kong.

    MySQL AB released version 5.0 of MySQL under an open source GPL license.


    The Fedora Project released version 6.0 of the Fedora Core Linux distribution. The system includes GNOME 2.16, KDE 3.5.4, 7.1, and the version 2.6.18 of the Linux kernel. Code-name: Zod, named for General Zod from Superman franchise.

    Microsoft released the Windows Defender anti-spyware utility for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.