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Linux Viruses and Such
Malware Timeline (cont'd)
1975: Novel “Shockwave Rider” by John Brunner invented a fictional “tapeworm” program.
1981: Elk Cloner by Richard Skrenta. Simple floppy/OS infector for Apple II AppleDOS 3.3, and first non-fictional virus. Every 50th time it was run, an infected program displayed:
“Elk Cloner: The program with a personality
It will get on all your disks
It will infiltrate your chips
Yes it's Cloner!
It will stick to you like glue
It will modify ram too
Send in the Cloner!”