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25 Years of Computer Viruses

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25 Years of Computer Viruses

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25 Years of Computer Viruses

25 Years of Computer Viruses

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In 1982, "Elk Cloner," the first known computer virus to spread in the "wild," made its way from one Apple II computer to another, producing annoying poetry as it spread. A computer security researcher discusses the history of viruses, and why it's been so hard to lock down systems against attacks.

Richard Ford, director, Center for Security Science; associate professor, Computer Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology

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