Vienna’s Seventh Gift to the World: Vienna Virus and the consequences

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Viruses are programs that self-replicate recursively, meaning that infected systems spread the virus to other systems, which then propagate the virus further. While many viruses contain a destructive payload, it’s quite common for viruses to do nothing more than spread from one system to another.

During the early days of malware, most people had no idea what a virus was or how it spread. It wasn’t until the “Vienna” virus of 1987 attracted media attention that people began to take interest. A search was on for the author of “Vienna” and it was a high school student from (guess what) Vienna who created the code as an experiment. A guy called Bernt Fix was able to neutralize the “Vienna” outbreak, bringing to light the antivirus industry.

So, first big media attention for a virus and first neutralisation procedure of a virus. Not bad, I would say.

2 Comments so far

  1. Talha (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 1:21 am
  2. ubba (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 10:11 am

    Pakistani Brain was the first virus, and of course it was mentioned in the media, but the first virus to get BIG media attention (for a couple of reasons) was the Vienna strain.
    As Johannes says, it was the first being neutralized, what people from the virus underground consider the birth of the antivirus industry.



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