The computer virus turns 26 today

By Justin
Nov 10, 2009
  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 TS Booster Posts: 101   +9

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

    Elohim83 TS Rookie

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

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Ah... memories :D
  5. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    Hmm older than me
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,915   +537

    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 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

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