Jan 31 2013
31 years ago the first computer virus was created today. It was a 400 lines of code on an Apple II machine, yes you read it correct Apple not Windows (or MS-DOS). The first virus for PC (personal computer) was on an Apple computer, in the year 1982. It was written by a then 15 year old kid Richard Skrenta on 1981 as a prank on his friends. The name of the virus was “Elk Cloner”
So what did the first virus do to the computers? The virus was basically harmless, it did not delete or corrupt your data, nor did it steal your credentials. What it did was that on ever 50th boot of the computer it would show a message.
“Elk Cloner: The program with a personality
It will get on all your disks
It will infiltrate your chips
Yes, it’s Cloner!
It will stick to you like glue
It will modify RAM too
Send in the Cloner!”
Note the first ever computer for MS-DOS machine came on January 1986, named Brain.