On November 3, 1983, two computer scientists made history by calling a malicious program “computer virus” for the first time.
Frederick Cohen, a student at the engineering school of the University of Southern California (USC), was sure that a malicious program could be used to exploit any connected system, but he wondered how long it would take for the code to do so.
He prepared a prototype that – after eight hours of hard work on a VAX 11/750 system running Unix – was ready to be shown at the weekly security seminar he attended. It was his lecturer, Leonard Adleman, who baptized that program as a computer virus.
His experiments marked a turning point: the search for countermeasures was born.
To honor the work of Dr. Cohen and Prof. Adleman, and the foundations they laid for research of computer threats, we decided to declare November 3 as the first ever Antimalware Day. We hope to make this date a day we will celebrate worldwide each year, a day that will help reinforce the importance of antimalware in a world where computers can now fit into our hands.
This is a date that we invite you to become a part of, and help spread the message with us. To join this cause you just have to look for the content that we will post this week here at WeLiveSecurity, and on our social networks under the hashtag #AntimalwareDay.