eWEEK @30 : The Rise of Computer Viruses
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At the beginning of the PC era, Internet security was not much of a concern as people simply booted their machines and loaded programs without worry.
In that earlier, more innocent era, the term "virus" was relegated strictly to the realm of clinical biology and only living things could actually get viruses. That all changed 30 years ago this month when University of Southern California graduate student Fred Cohen coined the term "computer virus."