According to the cybercrime experts, people create computer viruses for three main reasons. Those reasons are to steal information, to make money and simply for the perverse pleasure brought about by the havoc viruses wreak on private and business networks. However, as advanced as computer viruses, malware and other malicious programs have gotten all is not lost. You can protect your network by using our cloud hosting services. Our cloud server hosting offers your company super secure data storage plus the ability to back up your data to prevent its permanent loss or corruption. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the worst viruses in history that have caused many businesses to lose time, money and data.
- Creeper: This program, which was created in the 1970s, is actually the grandfather of all viruses. It appeared on the Arpanet (the precursor to the modern Internet.) The worm moved through computer networks leaving the message “I’M THE CREEPER: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.” As a result of this, computer programmers created the first anti-virus program. Although it proliferated in the same way that Creeper did, it removed the virus from infected machines.
- Brain: In the mid 80s the first full-stealth virus capable of evading early disk utility programs was released. The virus originated in Pakistan and spread through computer systems throughout the late 80s. Brain is among the most disruptive viruses ever to have existed because of its refusal to die. It is the progenitor of all such viruses.
- Morris Worm: This worm resulted in the first US conviction under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. It attacked UNIX systems and caused major disruptions to business networks. The creator of the worm, Robert Tappan Morris, was eventually convicted and sentenced to three years probation, 400 hours of community service, and given a $10,000 fine.
- Love Letter, a.k.a “I LOVE YOU”: Who wouldn’t be curious about a message that read “I love you?” Who wouldn’t want to know who loves them? This was the lure of the “I love you” virus that circulated in the 2000s. It caused a global pandemic and was one of the first viruses based on social engineering. It damaged government and business computers to the tune of $10 billion in the loss of data and repair cost.
- Conflicker: This program cleverly masqueraded itself as antivirus software. In fact, it disabled legitimate antivirus software making systems vulnerable to attack. It also stole data from user’s computers. Eventually, it would grow to infect more than seven million computers worldwide.
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