Originally posted by QuietSoul
BTW, I am in no means a virus guru, or even that computer savvy to program my own.. I'm just riding on my gut feelings into what I do know about most
Window's based computer systems and the variety of security levels and flaws.
Well I'm impressed! For someone who claims to know little you are quite informed compared to some "IT specialists" I know!
Some gut feelings
you got there!
Originally posted by Yarium
Really!?! Wow. I have a whole new respect for people that are able to program something so subtle, and so complex, yet also be so simple.
Too bad they're not working on useful programs to help people.
Actually it's really not that hard. All you need is some very basic programming skills, some knowledge about operating systems and some gullable
Actually (while we're handing out interesting tit-bits), US student Fred Cohen was behind the first documented virus that was created as an
experiment in computer security.
Mr Cohen created his first virus when studying for a PhD at the University of Southern California.
Others had written about the potential for creating pernicious programs but Mr Cohen was the first to demonstrate a working example.
In the paper describing his work he defined a virus as "a program that can 'infect' other programs by modifying them to include a ... version of
Mr Cohen added his virus to a graphics program called VD that was written for a make of mini-computer called a Vax.
The virus hid inside VD and used the permissions users had to look at other parts of the Vax computer to spread around the system.
In all the tests carried out by Mr Cohen the virus managed to grab the right to reach any part of the system in less than an hour. The fastest time
was five minutes.
The first of these is widely acknowledged to be the "Brain" virus that emerged in 1986 from Pakistan and was, apparently, written to help its
creators monitor piracy of their computer programs.
So, you see that the original purpose was to protect your PC, not destroy it. There's some rumours that the US military were the first to impliment
viruses to protect their ystems, but that's "top secret" so we'll never know, will we?
There really isn't a point to viruses. Some do it just to create "the ultimate virus", sort of like a challenge. Others to point out security
weaknesses in operating systems (in other words a big "Up yours Bill Gates!"...)
[edit on 15-12-2005 by Gemwolf]