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Founder of Computer Viruses

Question: Who is the founder of computer viruses?

The IT Guy says:
This question reminds me of a line from one of my favorite movies, "Tombstone." The line is, "I am who you might call, the Founder of the Feast."

Unfortunately, identifying the "founder" of computer viruses is not so easy as identifying the bad guys in "Tombstone." Literally anyone can write a computer virus and distribute it to other people, and there are hackers of all ages in all types of countries making them.

People do not have to have advanced degrees in computer science to create new variations of existing viruses, unfortunately. The code that makes a virus do its dirty work and propagate through a computer network to other users can be readily viewed and modified by other computer users. Free hacker tools are available via the Internet to help virus-writer wannabes to create new viruses. The outlook for having a virus-free computer environment is very bleak.

As far as I know, no one is considered the "founder" of computer viruses.

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