MALWARE HISTORY

The Anti-Virus Virus and Computer Games Give That Spell Disaster

Just like biological viruses can not exist, multiply and spread in the absence of an animal host, computer viruses are closely tied to electronic computing systems.

Historians are still debating on the actual birth date of the first computer virus, and many of them would dare to place the first malware applications in the mid-1970 timeframe.Three computer models have been surely infected by malware in mid-70s: Univax 1108 and IBM 360/370.

However, theoretical approaches to self-reproducing mathematical automata are estimated to have started in early 1950s. John von Neumann (December 28, 1903

About the author

Bogdan BOTEZATU

Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.