What is the history of computer viruses?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 05, 2020 04:58 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 05, 2020 04:59 PM

The history of computer virus is older than the 1980s when the first time the viruses appeared on the computer system.

The first computer virus was written in 1982 by Rich Scenta, who was then a 15-year-old high school student. The name of this virus was Elk Cloner. This Elk Cloner virus was fluid by monitoring the floppy drive and making copies of itself on other floppy disks, inserted into the computer. Once this floppy diskette was infected, it was spread on the other PC through this disk.

An infected computer used to display a small poem on every 50th boot.

In 1986, a new computer virus called “Brain” became live. This boot sector virus was ready by two Pakistani brothers, Basit Farooq Alvi and Amjad Farooq Alvi.

As it was stated, they did not intentionally make this virus, rather it was to protect the illegal copy of their software.

On November 2, 1988, Robert Morris injected the virus into the most important network in the United States, causing major losses. Then people began to realize how harmful the computer virus can be.

In 1995, in the WinWord Concept, the first macro language virus was created. In 1999, Melissa, another macro virus hit the worldwide e-mail server and crippled the system for some time, resulting in loss of thousands of dollars.

In 2000, the “Iloveyou” in the Philippines was called as “LoveBug”, which was later created to be the most devastating virus compared to earlier virus attacks.

It spread through email in more than 10 million computers in a single day, causing more than 9 billion losses.

Currently, many types of viruses are active around you. So now you should be more careful.

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