Computer virus is now 20 years old

Posted on Sunday, Jan 22 2006 @ 01:35 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
BBC reports PC viruses are now more than 20 years old. The first computer virus appeared somewhere in the first weeks of 1986 and was called Brian.
Though it achieved fame because it was the first of its type, the virus was not widespread as it could only travel by hitching a ride on floppy disks swapped between users.

Now 20 years after they first appeared there are more than 150,000 malicious programs in existence.
More details over here.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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