The unchecked rise of malware could culminate in a massive global event that would change forever the way we use the internet

This article titled “The cyberplague that threatens an internet Armageddon” was written by John Naughton, for The Observer on Saturday 30th April 2011 23.04 UTC

In 1971, Bob Thomas, an engineer working for Bolt, Beranek and Newman, the Boston company that had the contract to build the Arpanet, the precursor of the internet, released a virus called the “creeper” on to the network. It was an experimental, self-replicating program that infected DEC PDP-10 minicomputers. It did no actual harm and merely displayed a cheeky message: “I'm the creeper, catch me if you can!” Someone else wrote a program to detect and delete it, called – inevitably – the “reaper”.

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