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The First Virus

Malware—viruses, worms, Trojan horses and the like—has been around about as long as the first networked computers. In fact, 2011 is the 40th anniversary of the first known computer virus, a laboratory experiment that didn’t cause damage but proved to be a harbinger of the risks to come. Here is a brief timeline showing some of the milestones in the history of computer mischief.

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1971: Creeper

The first known virus-like program was written by an employee of a Cambridge, Mass., company that built part of Arpanet, the predecessor to the Internet. The program was a lab test to see whether it was possible to create a self-replicating bit of software.

1982: Elk Cloner

A junior-high student came up with the first self-propagating program released outside the lab. The program spread via floppy disks on old Apple II computers—displaying a short poem on infected machines.

1983: Virus

The term “virus” is coined by researcher Fred Cohen, at the time a Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California, to describe self-replicating programs.

1987: Jerusalem

Named for the place it was first detected, this was the first destructive virus that spread around the globe. It affected computers running the DOS operating system, deleting some programs in an infected machine on Friday the 13th.

1992: Michelangelo

This virus was designed to activate on March 6, the painter’s birthday. Its discovery caused a minor frenzy among security experts who warned that millions of computers could crash on that date, The fear proved overblown.

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Phishing, used by hackers to collect confidential information by pretending to be a trustworthy source, first appears. The tactic was groundbreaking because it doesn’t rely on malware; instead it takes advantage of computer users’ gullibility to collect information like credit-card numbers and passwords. For affordable, certified home or office, onsite or drop off, data backup and data recovery services in Newbury Park, AB Computer Repair can’t be beat.

Tech News Computer Virus-Data Recovery And Back Up Newbury Park

1999-2001: Melissa/
I Love You/
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These viruses spread to millions of computers around the globe by tricking recipients into opening an emailed file—a Microsoft Word document, a link or a photo—that contained a program that sent messages to people in the infected computers’ contact lists.

2001: Code Red

The virus infected Web servers; websites hosted by the servers found their home pages replaced by the message “Hacked by the Chinese.” The virus was also designed to overload the White House website with a flood of messages from the infected servers, an attack that was easily foiled.

2004: Sasser

This was the first Internet worm, or self-replicating virus, whose effects were felt outside Internet-connected systems. Traveling over the Internet instead of via email, it affected more than a million computer systems and was blamed for airline flight cancellations and interruptions in satellite communications. Businesses around the globe temporarily abandoned their infected computers.

2005: MyTob

This worm marks a turning point in the history of malware, says Guillaume Lovet, senior manager of the threat-response team at Fortinet Inc., an Internet security company. Distributed through mass emails, MyTob created a “botnet” network of controlled computers that could be used to distribute spam, install spyware or launch phishing attacks. Although botnets were not new, MyTob was one of the first to combine a botnet and a mass mailer, and set the stage for hackers using malware for monetary gain, not just to cause mischief.

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2010: Stuxnet

This sophisticated computer worm is an example of malware as a cyberweapon. Spread through USB devices and other methods, the virus was designed to affect the operation of specialized industrial-control systems. Although not conclusive, evidence collected by security researchers strongly suggests that Stuxnet’s attack was aimed at centrifuges used to enrich uranium for Iran’s nuclear program. For affordable, certified home or office, onsite or drop off, data backup and data recovery services in Newbury Park, AB Computer Repair can’t be beat.

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