Computer Trivia #8: The First Computer Virus

If you’ve been using computers every now and then, you definitely know about viruses,  and if you’ve been reading my blog,  then most likely you’ve seen a lot of  my topics about computer virus, malware and worm. Whatever name they have, they only mean one thing –headache.

Do you know that the first ever computer virus was born in 1971 and named the creeper virus? Creeper virus started on scientific and military network known as the ARPANET. Creeper virus was actually a self replicating program created by Bob Thomas that infected the DEC PDP-10 computers across the network. Nowadays, we consider this type of viruses as worm. This virus, upon replicating itself into machine that it accessed would broadcast “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can!” on the terminal screen. The reaper, which is the first virus removal program was the one who caught the creeper.

The next virus was created 10 years after.