My husband insists that computer viruses are made and released by the same people who sell anti-viral software.
Historical significance aside, the “I want to see if I can do it” attitude, the “Let’s cause some havoc, it’ll be cool” attitude and all the other ‘prank’ viruses cause irreparable harm to people that depend a virus free medium to plan their lives, manage their money, and go about their life peacefully.
In my world, a person that is definitely determined to have promulgated a virus should be tried, convicted - and executed.
“Computer viruses had been created before...”
“The first virus, Elk Cloner, was born.”
It’s definitely one or the other.
Well, if I remember, AppleII never booted from floppy. The whole OS was there on chip. But it used the floppy for other, non-boot, process.
The first “real” pc virus was Brain, an advertising stunt from a Pakistani.
Back in the days when viruses were simple pranks. One day back around 1992 my boss called me to his office. His computer was asking him to “Type Happy Birthday Joshi.” He had a silly boot sector virus that it turned out was on > 50% of the floppies in the company.
He didn’t appreciate the humor in it like I did, and I got yelled at for laughing.
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