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1 (or WORM) Acronym for write once, read many (times). A class of storage device in which information, once written, cannot be erased or overwritten. The write-once CD-ROM is an example. See optical storage.

2 A virus-like program that seeks out other connected hosts in a computer network and, by exploiting a vulnerability, transfers itself to them.

Subjects: Computing.


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