Home Entrance Everyone Wiki Search Login Register

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register. - Thinking of joining the forum??
May 28, 2024 - @712.08 (what is this?)
Forum activity rating: Two Star Posts: 13/1k.beats Unread Topics | Unread Replies | Own Posts | Own Topics | Random Topic | Recent Posts
News: :happy: Open the all windows! Your mind needs storms and air! :happy:

+  MelonLand Forum
|-+  Interests Zone
| |-+  ⛽︎ ∙ Technology & Archiving
| | |-+  Old Computer Viruses


« previous next »
Pages: [1] Print
Author Topic: Old Computer Viruses  (Read 893 times)
Nippo
Casual Poster ⚓︎
*



View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!Café ClubJoined 2022!
« on: April 15, 2023 @991.02 »

I was tasked to write a research paper for my cybersecurity class, so I decided to make my topic about legacy computer viruses. :pc:

I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations for cool and/or funny legacy viruses that I could write about. Preferably looking for viruses around Windows 3.1 - XP but send whatever you'd like because I would be interested regardless. Current examples I have are worms like LoveLetter, and Microsoft Word script viruses are also pretty goofy.

I think it is common sense to not share any virus files. Just the names of them or to useful wiki articles that go into detail! I think it is important to document older viruses and how they had an impact on the industry during that time period, as well as how it has led to modern computer security. :ozwomp:
Logged
Sinclair-Speccy
Casual Poster ⚓︎
*


Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing

SpaceHey: Friend Me!
iMood: SinclairSpeccy
Matrix: Chat!

View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!Joined 2023!
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2023 @208.51 »

Is it strictly Windows 3.1 to XP as you have Elk Cloner for the Apple II and several other viruses for other platforms that are old
« Last Edit: April 15, 2023 @240.00 by Sinclair-Speccy » Logged



Alphonse
Sinclair
teatime
Full Member ⚓︎
***


RAAAAAAGH


View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!High Speed Ozwomp!Joined 2023!
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2023 @401.18 »

this is definitely not my field of expertise but the you are an idiot virus was always a little spooky to me... also has a very strong aesthetic  :TnT: https://yewtu.be/watch?v=ZcwxToKjJhE
Logged
TheFrugalGamer
Sr. Member ⚓︎
****


Itch.io: My Games

View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!Pocket Icelogist!Joined 2022!
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2023 @654.11 »

This sounds like an awesome topic for a research paper-I would love researching this!

The two that pop into my mind are Stuxnet, which isn't so much "fun" as it is an example of just how destructive viruses can be when they're in the hands of state actors. It was an attempt by the US government to disrupt the nuclear program in Iran, although nobody's ever admitted to anything still. Scary stuff!

The other one I'm reminded of is Bonzai Buddy, which a lot of people probably didn't know was spying on them and harvesting their data. It was a desktop assistant that collected data without consent for advertising purposes, would mess with your browser settings, and was apparently very difficult to get rid of. Much sillier than Stuxnet, but still pretty bad.
Logged

Memory
Guest
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2023 @688.62 »

We could also talk about those surprise viruses we received when downloading junk from p2p programs such as LimeWire and Ares? Those were very annoying times for people who didn't even know what they were downloading, including me in the past :drat:.
I remember that one """"technique"""" I used to know if some programs were viruses was to just check the metadata and the size of the file.
« Last Edit: April 15, 2023 @690.49 by GeckoF » Logged
Nippo
Casual Poster ⚓︎
*



View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!Café ClubJoined 2022!
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2023 @809.07 »

Is it strictly Windows 3.1 to XP as you have Elk Cloner for the Apple II and several other viruses for other platforms that are old

Feel free to share viruses from any operating system! I just chose older Windows specifically as I have more familiarity with it.
Logged
SilkSkull
Hero Member ⚓︎
*****


SpaceHey: Friend Me!
iMood: SilkSkull
Matrix: Chat!

View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!MARIO64.PNGCool Dude AwardJoined 2022!High Speed Ozwomp!
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2023 @922.99 »

Brain is a cool old one!
Logged

She/Her
"Will you stop adding lampposts to my games?"

kurohaato
Full Member ⚓︎
***


:D

SpaceHey: Friend Me!
StatusCafe: rinrinrin
iMood: kurohaato
Matrix: Chat!

View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!Joined 2023!
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2023 @931.54 »

You could honestly write 50 essays on this topic and still have more to talk about. :ozwomp:  Here's some ones I find interesting:

  • Creeper, the first computer worm.
  • Morris Worm, the first virus that led to a felony conviction in the US.
  • Staog, the first virus for linux systems.
Logged


01110110 01101001 01110110 01100001 00100000 01101100 01100001 00100000 01101111 01111010 01110111 01101111 01101101 01110000 00100001 00100000 00111010 01000100 :ozwomp:
Sinclair-Speccy
Casual Poster ⚓︎
*


Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing

SpaceHey: Friend Me!
iMood: SinclairSpeccy
Matrix: Chat!

View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!Joined 2023!
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2023 @219.98 »

You could honestly write 50 essays on this topic and still have more to talk about. :ozwomp:  Here's some ones I find interesting:

  • Creeper, the first computer worm.
  • Morris Worm, the first virus that led to a felony conviction in the US.
  • Staog, the first virus for linux systems.
Creeper is a pog virus, but would you really call it a worm if it was an experiment?
Logged



Alphonse
Sinclair
brisray
Full Member ⚓︎
***



View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!Joined 2023!
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2023 @842.42 »

This predates even Windows 3.1, the first computer virus I ever got was Ambulance - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambulance_(computer_virus)

Some of the computer magazine cover disks were infected, especially around 1998 when the Marburg Virus was distributed by 3 different magazines - http://virus.wikidot.com/marburg

Not really virues but it gave some people a scare when the cover disks started giving away software utilities that could do weird things to unsuspecting users' computers. One I think was called "Wash" and that popped up a message saying "cleaning your hard drive..." then played an audio file that sounded like a washing machine and sounded like your hard drive was spinning about a million rpm.

Then there was Drop or Cascade that dropped the letters on your screen to a heap at the bottom - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7g-v3d7-Gk

Another was Taxi, which sounded like some unintelligible walkie-talkie communication.

Up until Stuxnet I only heard of one computer virus that could actually damage computer hardware. Using Assembly (ASM) you can control where the heads are on a hard drive. It is theoretically possible to keep crashing the arm into the end stops until they either bend, get stuck, or simply stop working.
Logged
kurohaato
Full Member ⚓︎
***


:D

SpaceHey: Friend Me!
StatusCafe: rinrinrin
iMood: kurohaato
Matrix: Chat!

View Profile WWW

First 1000 Members!Joined 2023!
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2023 @846.27 »

Creeper is a pog virus, but would you really call it a worm if it was an experiment?
Experiment or not, it's a worm by definition. It self-replicates to spread itself to other computers. The question is if it should be considered malware since it caused no damage to the system. It's a very unique case of a self-replicating program that wasn't malicious by design. Quite the essay topic if you ask me. :ha:
Logged


01110110 01101001 01110110 01100001 00100000 01101100 01100001 00100000 01101111 01111010 01110111 01101111 01101101 01110000 00100001 00100000 00111010 01000100 :ozwomp:
Pages: [1] Print 
« previous next »
 

Vaguely similar topics! (3)

Melon's Computer Setup 2023!

Started by MelooonBoard ⛽︎ ∙ Technology & Archiving

Replies: 11
Views: 2011
Last post May 31, 2023 @951.46
by Melooon
Old Computer Challenge

Started by Cobra!Board ⛽︎ ∙ Technology & Archiving

Replies: 3
Views: 1068
Last post January 28, 2023 @891.99
by brisray
Using older tech

Started by JackFrostBoard ⛽︎ ∙ Technology & Archiving

Replies: 40
Views: 3729
Last post May 21, 2024 @734.36
by egbert

Melonking.Net © Always and ever was! SMF 2.0.19 | SMF © 2021, Simple Machines | Terms and Policies Forum Guide | Rules | RSS | WAP2


MelonLand Badges and Other Melon Sites!

MelonLand Project! Visit the MelonLand Forum! Support the Forum
Visit Melonking.Net! Visit the Gif Gallery! Pixel Sea TamaNOTchi