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History of Computer Viruses

There are a lot of opinions as to when the first computer virus was born. What we know for sure is that Charles Babbage, the father of computing, would not have had one on his machine. On the other hand, the Univax 1108 and IBM 360/370 computers in the middle 1970s already carried viruses.

Charles Babbage (1791–1871)

Babbage is often called the father of computing, although he never actually built a computer. He never was able to secure funding to build a working model.

The device he envisioned, the Analytical Engine, encompassed concepts that later came to be an integral part of the modern computer. It was designed to ...

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