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40th Anniversary Of The Computer Virus

By Gerard @presurfer
40th Anniversary Of The Computer Virus
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Creeper, the world's first computer virus. From Creeper to Stuxnet, the last four decades saw the number of malware instances boom from 1,300 in 1990 to over 200 million in 2010. Besides sheer quantity, viruses, which were originally used as academic proof of concepts, quickly turned into geek pranks, then evolved into cybercriminal tools.
By 2005, the virus scene had been monetized, and virtually all viruses were developed with the sole purpose of making money via more or less complex business models. Here's a story about the most significant computer viruses over the last 40 years and their historical significance.The Presurfer

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