Virus History

By: Jesse Miller

1949 - The first bases of self reproduction programs are being discovered and written.

1981 - The viruses Apple 1, 2 and 3 are amongst the first viruses released in the wild. Discovered in the operating system Apple II, the viruses spread around Texas A&M by the means of pirated games.

1983 - In his doctorate thesis, Fred Cohen defines for the first time a computer virus as being " a program that can affect other computer programs, modifying them in a way that makes them unusable"

1986 - Two programmers, Basit and Amjad, replace the exe code from the boot sector of a floppy disk with their own code that could infect every 360K floppy disk accessed on any drive. The infected floppy disks had "Brain" as their volume label.


1992 - There were over 1300 active viruses, almost 420% more than in December 1990.

1994 - The big hoax called Good Times. The joke is based on the thread of a sophisticated virus that can erase an entire hard drive simply by opening an e-mail with the subject Good times.

1995 - Word concept, a Microsoft Word virus becomes one of the most dangerous and popular virus of the 90's.

1998 - The first JAVA virus appears, called Strange brew.

1999 - The virus Melissa executes a macro from a document attached to e-mails that further transmits the document to at least 50 addresses the users have in Outlook. The virus infects word documents also and he will send all infected files as attachments. Melissa gets spread a lot faster than other viruses, infecting more than 1 million PCs.

2000 - Love Bug, also known by the name I LOVE YOU, is a virus that spreads itself via outlook, similar to the way Melissa did. This virus is an attachment with the vbs extension, and it will erase files like mp3s, mp2s and jpgs.

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