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Friday, July 13, 2007

Happy 25th Birthday Computer Virus!

It was 25 years ago that the first computer virus was created. Ironically, it was designed to attack the Apple II. Kind of strange since one of the biggest selling points for Apple today is the relative lack of viruses and malware out there to attack your computer.
The first virus was called Elk Cloner. It was written by Rich Skrenta mainly to bug his friends. And it really didn't do much beyond annoying people who were infected with it. Every 50 boot ups it would display a simple poem.
Elk Cloner: The program with a personality

It will get on all your disks
It will infiltrate your chips
Yes it's Cloner!

It will stick to you like glue
It will modify RAM too
Send in the Cloner!

Viruses sure have come a long way since then. Elk Cloner could spread through infected floppy disks. Most viruses today can spread through multiple methods and can infect your computer in many different ways.

Via Machinist: The computer virus turns 25

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