The SIPB's role is quite interesting. It is a volunteer student organization that represents students on issues of the MIT computing environment, does software development, provides consulting to the community, and other miscellaneous tasks. Almost all the members of the MIT team which took apart the virus were members of the SIPB, and the SIPB office was the focus for early efforts at virus catching until people gathered in the Project Athena offices.
Mark W. Eichin (Athena and SIPB) and Stanley R. Zanarotti (LCS and SIPB) led the team disassembling the virus code. The team included Bill Sommerfeld (Athena/Apollo Computer and SIPB), Ted Y. Ts'o (Athena and SIPB), Jon Rochlis (Telecommunications Network Group and SIPB), Ken Raeburn (Athena and SIPB), Hal Birkeland (Media Laboratory), and John T. Kohl (Athena/DEC and SIPB).
Jeffrey I. Schiller (Campus Network Manager, Athena Operations Manager, and SIPB) did a lot of work in trapping the virus, setting up an isolated test suite, and dealing with the media. Pascal Chesnais (Media Laboratory) was one of the first at MIT to spot the virus. Ron Hoffmann (Network Group) was one of the first to notice an MIT machine attacked by finger.
Tim Shepard (LCS) provided information about the propagation of the virus, as well as large amounts of ``netwatch'' data and other technical help.
James D. Bruce (EECS Professor and Vice President for Information Systems) and the MIT News Office did an admirable job of keeping the media manageable and letting us get our work done.
An attempt was made to provide a review copy of this paper to all people mentioned by name. Most read a copy and many provided useful corrections.
People who offered particularly valuable advice included Judith Provost, Jennifer Steiner, Mary Vogt, Stan Zanarotti, Jon Kamens, Marc Horowitz, Jenifer Tidwell, James Bruce, Jerry Saltzer, Steve Dyer, Ron Hoffmann and many unnamed people from the SIPB Office. Any remaining flaws in this paper are our fault, not theirs.
Special thanks to Bill Sommerfeld for providing the description of the finger attack and its discovery.