On January 19, 1986, the first PC virus was released by two brothers in Pakistan, Basit and Amjad Farooq Alvi, aged 17 and 24 years old at the time. Named "The Brain," the virus, transmitted by floppy disk, was meant to protect software created by the duo from prospective pirates. When initiated, a message would display with the Alvi brothers' contact information.
Though the machines running the virus suffered no real damage, the response was overwhelming for the two brothers, who received calls from around the world.
The Brain proved a relatively innocuous piece of software, a "friendly virus," according to its creators. But since the Brain arrived at a time long before computers, both desktop and mobile, were all connected to one another, malware has become more sophisticated and damaging.
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