Thursday, March 10, 2011

Brain: Searching for the First PC Virus in Pakistan

Via USA Today -

It was in 1986 that brothers Basit and Amjad Farooq circulated a floppy disk carrying Brain -- the first PC virus in history.

F-Secure researcher Mikko Hypponen was one of the early handful of self-styled virus hunters. When Hypponen reverse engineered Brain, he found buried in the code a block of text with the Farooq brothers' names, phone number and address, near Lahore Railway Station, Lahore, Pakistan.

Hypponen recently traveled to Pakistan and found the Farooq brothers 25 years later working at the same address.


Full 10-Minute Documentary by F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen

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