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Blast from the past: the early days of antivirus software

The fight against computer viruses is a long one! Believe it or not, antivirus software has been around for decades. Here’s a glimpse into the early days of these digital warriors: Why is Antivirus History Important? Understanding the past helps us appreciate the present. Early antivirus solutions paved the way for the sophisticated programs we […]

Remember code red – the worm that gave the internet a fever

Ever heard of the Code Red worm? Imagine a digital monster hopping from computer to computer, causing chaos and mayhem back in 2001. But this wasn’t a Hollywood movie – it was a real threat that shook the internet to its core. Let’s take a trip back in time to see how this digital villain […]

On this day in history – Early destructive Apple virus from 1988

June, 1988: The CyberAIDS and Festering HateApple ProDOS viruses spreads from underground pirate BBS systems and starts infecting mainstream networks. Festering Hate was the last iteration of the CyberAIDS series extending back to 1985 and 1986. Unlike the few Apple viruses that had come before which were essentially annoying, but did no damage, the Festering […]

On this day in history – The WannaCry ransomware attack spreads globally

May 12, 2017: The WannaCry ransomware attack was a May 2017 worldwide cyberattack by the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm, which targeted computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. It propagated through an exploit in older Windows systems. While Microsoft had released patches previously to close […]

On this day in history – Graybird a Trojan horse also known as Backdoor appears

April 2, 2003: Graybird is a Trojan horse that hides its presence on the compromised computer and downloads files from remote Web sites. There are many variations of this virus such as Backdoor.Graybird.P (the most recently discovered variation). It affected Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, […]

On this day in history – Witty worm exploits holes in IBM products

March 19, 2004: The Witty worm is a record-breaking worm in many regards. It exploited holes in several IBM Internet Security Systems products. It was the first worm to take advantage of vulnerabilities in the very pieces of software designed to enhance network security, and carried a destructive payload, unlike previous worms and it spread […]