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Learning Network Forensics by Samir Datt

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Trends in the evolution of malware

Malware has a very interesting history.

In 1949, an American scientist of Hungarian origin, John von Neumann, wrote Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata. In 1971, this theory formed the basis of an experiment on the creation of the first self-replicating computer program. This program was called the Creeper system, where it gained access to the target computers via the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) and copied itself with the I'm the creeper, catch me if you can message.

An additional piece of interesting information about John von Neumann is that he later on went on to be a part of the Manhattan Project and helped in the design of atom bombs that ended the Second World War and directed the ...

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