The computer virus is born, November 10, 1983 | EDN–November-10–1983

On this day in technology history, a graduate student’s self-replicating code that could gain control of a system inspired the term “computer virus”.
In his 1983 paper “Computer Viruses – Theory and Experiments,” Cohen defined a computer virus as “a program that can infect other programs by modifying them to include a possibly evolved copy of itself.” Cohen didn’t invent the virus, but gave groundbreaking demonstration by inserting code into a Unix command.


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