Thursday, September 08, 2011

P-G: Viruses started as prank for teen in Mt. Lebanon

What began as a ninth-grade prank, a way to trick already suspicious friends who had fallen for his earlier practical jokes, has earned Rich Skrenta notoriety as the first person ever to let loose a personal computer virus.

Although over the next 25 years, Mr. Skrenta started the online news business Topix, helped launch a collaborative Web directory now owned by Time Warner Inc.'s Netscape and wrote countless other computer programs, he is still remembered most for unleashing the "Elk Cloner" virus on the world.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is a computer virus a terminal illness?
David Huston

September 08, 2011 10:14 AM  

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