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Computer virus Timeline 1949 Theories for self-replicating programs are first developed 1981 Apple Viruses 1 2 and 3 are some of the first viruses in the wild or public domain Found on the Apple II operating system the viruses spread through Texas AM via pirated computer games 1983 Fred Cohen while working on his dissertation formally defines a computer virus as a computer program that can affect other computer programs by modifying them in such a way as to include a possibly evolved copy of itself 1986 Two programmers named Basit and Amjad replace the executable code in the boot sector of a floppy disk with their own code designed to infect each 360kb floppy accessed on any drive Infected floppies had Brain for a volume label
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