When was the first real computer virus released?

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY QUESTION #141

When was the first real computer virus released?

1986

Explanation

The first computer virus appeared in January 1986 and infected Microsoft's former operating system, MS-DOS. The virus (called "Brain") was written by the brothers Basit and Amjad Alvi from Lahore, Pakistan. The boot sector virus was created to destroy pirate copies of the software written by the two brothers.

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