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March 12, 2011

A visionary, vision of scary…

srikanth @ 11:59 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1299974364 ) Play

Hot off the presses, so to speak. What’s blanked out?

Hint: Think computer security. Pseudo-bonus points for the full story.

Cracked by: udupendra , Rogi , shrik , dineshk , Raghuvansh , jowens and Bharath

Answer:
F-Secure’s Mikko Hyponnen recently went on a video shoot to trace the origins of the first ever DOS boot-sector virus “Brain”. “Brain” was written by the brothers Farooq Alvi from Pakistan more as a DRM mechanism than anything else. What’s blanked out is, obviously, brain.

More info at http://campaigns.f-secure.com/brain/index.html

Points assigned by AutoRaja. Review by lazy humans pending.

10 Responses to “A visionary, vision of scary…”

  1. udupendra
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    Brain (as in the famous virus from Pakistan)


  2. Rogi
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    Brain
    First floppy virus. Documentary brings a copy back to the same company/building it was created in. Yada yada.


  3. Mukul

    Gaah. Don’t know
    Please mail me the answer.
    Thanks


  4. shrik
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    The first PC virus in the wild was a boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, created in 1986 by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter piracy of the software they had written.


  5. shrik
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    Just FYI, pictured here is Chief Research Officer at F-secure, Mikko Hypponen.

    2nd pic looks Blade Runner-ish, and Mikko looks quite the movie star: http://www.google.com/images?q=mikko hypponen


  6. dineshk
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    Birthplace of the very first DOS virus – Brain. Written by brothers Basit and Amjad from Lahore and named after the computer company they are running to this date. F-secure researcher Mikko Hypponen tracked them down recently for an interview – a task made significantly easy because the brothers left their address and phone number inside the virus code. Great question.


  7. Raghuvansh
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    These are caps from FSecure’s video interview with the Pakistani brothers who created BRAIN, named after their company which is in the first image.


  8. vinayaknp

    Nortel Telecommunications. Assange first hacked Nortel. He is also associated with Anonymous which leaked Bank of America emails recently


  9. jowens
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    “Brain”, authors of the first PC virus. Great question!


  10. Bharath
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    Brain- The first computer virus
    In 2011, 25 years after Brain was released, Mikko Hyppönen of F-Secure travelled to Pakistan to interview Basit and Amjad, the creators of BRAIN for a documentary


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