- History of malware. From GData Software.
A brief history of viruses, worms and Trojans
The 20th birthday of the first officially announced virus has just passed. Many other “milestones” in the development of viruses, worms and Trojans are contained in the following summary.
The theoretical preliminary work on computer viruses goes back as far as 1949. John von Neumann (1903-1957) developed the theory of self-reproducing automatons. However the details of the technical implementation were not conceivable at this time.
|1970er||In Core Wars programs written in so-called Redcode are at war with each other. They fight to survive in the memory area. So-called impulses spread through memory and delete addresses at random. There were also a few versions which could copy themselves. This is where the roots of computer viruses lie.
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