Perversion attacks

Lyle Burkhead (
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 15:40:29 -0500 (EST)

Anders Sandberg wrote,

> "Perversion attacks" a la Vinge are more likely - infiltrate
> the enemy with nanites or AI viruses, and then destroy him
> subtly. One could imagine tiny berzerkers (gremlins?)
> that move around a la von Neumann probes, and when they find
> a civilization they study it, send out very subtle agents,
> and then plan its downfall using SI.

Where did Vinge write about Perversion attacks?

What if the civilizations are not 100 light years apart? What if they
are on the same planet?