The computer virus turns 26 today

By Justin
Nov 10, 2009
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  1. The Internet may be 40 years old, but one of the most infamous aspects of both the Web and personal computing in general is quite a bit younger. It was 26 years ago when the first known proof of concept code for a computer virus was demonstrated in a public venue, following up on theories and other attempts to produce self-replicating code. The first official "virus" was born then, giving way to a fundamental change in computer security.

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  2. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 100   +9

    And the anti-virus scanner turns 26 today as well.
  3. Elohim83

    Elohim83 Newcomer, in training

    Huh... 26 years old. Just like me! Congrats viruses.
    I wonder if there's a connection...
  4. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Ah... memories :D
  5. jazboy

    jazboy Newcomer, in training Posts: 112

    Hmm older than me
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Booster Posts: 991   +82

    I'm 5 years younger than a virus? It's nice to be young ^_^
  7. WTF!?

    Wikipedia: "The Creeper worm was an experimental self-replicating program written by Bob Thomas at BBN in 1971.[1] It is generally accepted to be the first computer virus."
  8. Is there any reason an anti-virus company wouldn't want to make viruses that only their software can catch? It wouldn't be that hard to hide the source.
  9. T77

    T77 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 315

    this computer headache(virus) is older than me :)
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