10 viruses that changed the world

It's been almost 25 years since the first PC computer virus left users looking at corrupted floppies, lost work and perplexing messages. In that time, the art of automated malfeasance has progressed to the point that it's part of the armoury of international geopolitics.

Along the way, hundreds of millions of infections have taken place, billions of dollars have been lost in productivity and broken systems, and the anti-malware industry has grown to become a significant player in the IT market. It's not over yet, and perhaps it never will be, but the history of malware is a fascinating insight into the technology and culture of the digital world.

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