How Old Is This Internet Thing, Again?
Poor Al Gore has been teased mercilessly for supposedly claiming he invented the Internet.
But that’s not the only portion of cyber-history that’s in dispute.
Media outlets are celebrating Sept. 2 as the 40th anniversary of the day the Internet was invented. Security company Symantec (SYMC) even chose to ring the day in by creating a top-10 list of the most notorious online threats, with No. 1 as 2000’s “I Love You” worm, which infected an estimated 5 million computers.
UCLA’s engineer school, on the other hand, is recognizing Oct. 29 as the 40th anniversary. That’s where computer-science professor Leonard Kleinrock and his team were credited with sending the first computer-to-computer messages.
Well, which is it?