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Computer Virus turns 25 Today
Category : General 25 Jan 2011 03:23 AM | Industry News
"Brain", considered to be the first major personal computer virus, was created on January 19, 1986, by Basit and Amjad Farooq Alvi at their computer shop in Lahore, Pakistan.
From there the program spread across the world — one infected floppy disk at a time.
At its peak Brain had even reached the offices of a government department in Canada, on the other side of the globe.
The virus infected users computers, terminated their operations and made them call the repair shop owned by the two brothers, through the following message that appeared on the screen:
“Welcome to the Dungeon (c) 1986 Basit * Amjad (pvt) Ltd. BRAIN COMPUTER SERVICES 730 NIZAM BLOCK ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN LAHORE-PAKISTAN PHONE: 430791,443248,280530. Beware of this VIRUS…. Contact us for vaccination…”
And so, the first computer virus was born.