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Malware Viruses: When Did It Begin?

Updated on September 26, 2011

One might think that the first computer virus malware would be around the dawn of the PC, say, 1979-82, that is when the PC came into public view, though costly. But the first malware virus predated it by years, 1971. It was called Creeper, written by some discontent for the pre-Internet world known as Arpanet. The virus was lab controlled to see if it could replicate itself- it did. Then, in 1982, there appeared Elk Cloner, created by a Jr. High kid, this time, it was self replicating OUTSIDE of the lab. It was rampant on Apple II computers spread by the 5.25" floppy disk. Rather harmless, one could tell there was an infection because it was a poem.

A year later, the term, Virus, was officially adopted by computer-speakers about infections. In 1987, Jerusalem hit. It is famous because it was the first destructive virus and quickly hit the world with DOS operating systems that deleted programs.

Phishing was new in the early to mid 1990s. Then, in 1999-2000, Melissa I Love You infected millions of computers as an attachment to one's email, a MS Word document and would send messages to those in the computer's contact lists. The first Worm was only in 2004, Sasser, which could travel across the Internet and not by email. Again, millions of computers were hit

Oh, how fun they are and were! OMG.

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