Originally Posted by Ed Barnes
There is one clue that was left in the code that may tell us all we need to know.
Embedded in different section of the code is another common computer language reference, but this one is misspelled. Instead of saying “DEADFOOT,” a term stolen from pilots meaning a failed engine, this one reads “DEADFOO7.”
Yes, OO7 has returned -- as a computer worm.
In the paragraph quoted above, I think the journalist, Ed Barnes, will simply
be taking a chunk of artistic license. Specifically, at best, the writer will not have been
reading the source code but simply a hex dump. It won't be DEADFOO7 but
DEADF007 which is simply a hexadecimal number string and purely coincidental,
just as strings such as CAFEF00D now and then can be found in an arbitrarily
As for the suggestion that DEADFOOT is a "common computer language reference",
that is certainly a new one on me and I have been associated with computing
and embedded systems since 1975 and a member of the IEEE for 33 years.
(I still have a copy of the Intel 4004 databook on the bookshelf as a keepsake
to remind me now and then of how it all began.)