First Major Worm To Have A Political Message

WANK stands for stands for “Worms Against Nuclear Killers”

As documented by Julian Assange: Hacktivism is at least as old as October 1989 when DOE, HEPNET and SPAN (NASA) connected VMS machines world wide were penetrated by the anti-nuclear WANK worm. WANK penetrated machines had their login screens altered to:

   W O R M S    A G A I N S T    N U C L E A R    K I L L E R S
 _______________________________________________________________
 __  ____________  _____    ________    ____  ____   __  _____/
        /    / /    / /        |    | |    | | / /    /
       /    / /    / /__       | |  | |    | |/ /    /
      / / / /    / ______      | |  | |    | |    /
     _  /__  /____/ /______ ____| |__ | |____| |_ _/
      ___________________________________________________/
                                                        /
            Your System Has Been Officially WANKed     /
         _____________________________________________/

  You talk of times of peace for all, and then prepare for war.

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