DEF CON 21 - Unexpected Stories From a Hacker Inside the Government
Michael_Kingat December 10,2014 Malware on a floppy disk, haven't seen that before.
mjacobat January 28,2015 It is interesting that although the motive back in the day was destructive in nature, viruses typically displayed visual signals or alerted the user in some way or another and even played games with the user. Nowadays most viruses and malicious codes run in the background and stay hidden from the end user.
That is awesome that after 20+ years he was able to track down the creators of Brain A.
nbodykat April 13,2015 This video is way too long. Interesting history of viruses. I remember getting the "you've been stoned" message from the computers in the college PC lab. There was a time when all the computers were infected with the Stone A virus and the workers at the lab had to check your floppies prior to letting us put them in the PCs in the lab. Back in the early days of viruses and worms the writers liked to have a message pop up or graphics so that you know you were infected. These days you don't really know if you have malware on your system until the signatures come out to detect them. They run in the background so that they can gather as much information as possible prior to being detected. I think it's funny that the authors of Brain named their company Brain Communications. But since they were only testing a concept and not damaging or destroying files they probably felt no need to hide or wanted everyone to know who they were and the weaknesses in PCs.
Ahmedat April 16,2015 it's a great video, this guy has almost covered most of the viruses since 1986. i do remember couple of them, i mean mellisa was one of the viruses that we had to format the family computer and it took us ages to load windows back, NIMDA also was a very bad one.
Jmurray8at April 19,2015 Defcon : The History and evolution of malware
• Great history and evolution of the virus “genealogy”
• Great view of the types of viruses
• Evolution of email worms
• Email outbreaks
• A bit too long