The world’s first computer worm hit in 1988, when Internet-connected machines were primarily the domain of universities and major institutions. This news segment shows people freaking out about the virus, which turned out to have accidentally been created by Cornell student Robert Morris. By the end of its run, the Morris worm affected 6,000 computers, approximately a tenth of the world’s Internet-connected machines at the time. The panic is palpable and, frankly, hilarious in retrospect.

[via Gizmodo]