The Brains Behind 'Brain,' World's First PC Virus
Last month, Hypponen decided to track down the Farooq brothers and ask them about their groundbreaking work. Amazingly enough, the brothers are still working at their company, Brain Telecommuncations, which is still headquartered at the same Pakistan address listed in the virus code.
During the interview, the brothers explained how and why they created Brain, adding that they wrote the code primarily as an experiment to see how far it could spread via floppy disk. The brothers, who are now successful businessmen in Lahore, were quick to point out that Brain wasn't destructive, and explicitly distanced themselves from the more malicious viruses that have sprung up in the past quarter of a century. To the Farooqs, today's malware is rooted in pure criminality -- something they denounce, but don't feel entirely responsible for spawning. As they pointed out, if they hadn't created the world's first PC virus, someone else surely would have.
Check out the full, 10-minute documentary below.