July 14, 2007

Computer virus turns 25 !!

The computer virus turns 25 years old this year and in today's hyper-connected world, when everything's got a chip in it and is running software, stopping malware is basically an impossible task!.

The computer virus conception story begins in 1981, when a tech-savvy 9th grader named Richard Skrenta got an Apple II for Christmas. Over the following few months he began cooking up ways to trick his friends using the machine.

When his friends realized his tricky ways, they banned Skrenta from their machines. And that's when he had an epiphany: He could put his code on the school's computer, and rig it to copy itself onto floppy disks that students used on the system. Thus was born Elk Cloner, the world's first computer virus to spread in the wild. The virus didn't do much damage; it infected the Apple II's OS and copied itself to other floppies, and every so often would display a tittering message on the screen:

Elk Cloner: The program with a personality

It will get on all your disks
It will infiltrate your chips
Yes it's Cloner!

It will stick to you like glue
It will modify RAM too
Send in the Cloner!

Gradually more and more programs begun to infect computers world wide...and today we are in a situation to say "Happy birthday, computer virus. Many,many happy returns!".

God bless Virus!