NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, January 24, 2011

What would you ask from the creators of the very first PC virus? Posted by Mikko @ 13:52 GMT

It's now January 2011. Which means the Brain virus is now 25 years old.

Brain virus 1986

Brain, spreading on 5.25" floppy disks was the first PC virus.

Which means that the PC virus is now 25 years old.

So, what did brain do? Let's look at our virus description database, which — of course — has a description of the virus.

Brain description

As you can see, the Brain virus contains contact information for "Basit and Amjad" in Lahore, Pakistan.

Due to this 25 year milestone, I've decided to go to Lahore, Pakistan. I'll go there to find Basit and Amjad, and I'll speak with them about how they feel about the phenomenon they started.

Lahore photo by o_0  - http://www.flickr.com/photos/o_0/7860810/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Of course, writing a boot sector virus in 1986 was a completely different thing than writing, say, a banking trojan in 2011. For one, writing viruses was not illegal in 1986. People did not know at the time if writing viruses was a bad idea. We learned that later.

But it just boggles to mind to think about how much has happened in these 25 years.

So, what would you like to ask from the writers of the very first PC virus?

Post your suggestions to our blog comments. I'll take the best ones with me to Lahore.