Wank-worm meaning

One of the first hacktivist protests to use a computer worm occurred on October 16, 1989, at the U.S. Aeronautics and Space Administration in Greenbelt, Maryland. As aerospace scientists logged onto their computers, they were hit with a banner from the WANK worm reading “WORMS AGAINST NUCLEAR KILLERS; YOUR SYSTEM HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY WANKed.” At the time of the crack attack, anti-nuclear protestors wanted to stop the Galileo space probe, which was fueled with radioactive plutonium and bound for Jupiter. A manager with NASA’s SPAN office said that he believed the worm cost NASA as much as half a million dollars in wasted time and resources. Though the attack’s source was never discovered, some evidence suggests that it might have come from hacktivists in Australia. Schell, B.H., Dodge, J.L., with S.S. Moutsatsos. The Hacking of America: Who’s Doing It, Why, and How. Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 2002.
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