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March 8, 1992 | From Reuters
The much-feared Michelangelo computer virus proved to be more of a common cold than the Black Death for personal computers Friday, striking only thousands of an estimated 80 million potential victims. Having evaded the quality control checks of high-tech companies, it infected far more PCs than finally fell ill on the Renaissance master's birthday, wending its way into the offices of major corporations and U.S. government agencies.
November 17, 1988 | BARBARA KOH, Times Staff Writer
The computer virus that is now wreaking havoc at Cal State Northridge may have come from UCLA, where it has been isolated and controlled, campus officials said Tuesday. The virus, known as nVIR, is a computer program that is spread from machine to machine by a common computer disk and disrupts functions, such as word processing and printing. It was discovered at UCLA 2 months ago and appeared last week at Cal State Northridge, where officials say it is rapidly spreading.
November 6, 1988 | MELISSA HEALY, Times Staff Writer
A 23-year-old Cornell University graduate student who has emerged as the prime suspect in the spawning of a computer virus returned Saturday to his parents' home in the Washington area and was fending off potential FBI interviewers until he could consult a lawyer. Meanwhile, Cornell University officials said the student, Robert T. Morris Jr.
The rumors started vibrating in late August: A new electronic virus, capable of crippling the operations of millions of personal computers, had been unleashed in Europe and was triggered to begin exploding throughout the United States on Oct. 13. By early September, "virus busters" across the nation were mobilized.
November 9, 1988 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
John Killan Brunner would like to invite Robert Tappan Morris to England and pastoral Somerset and dinner at his country cottage. "I would serve him an excellent meal," Brunner promised. "Then I would pump him about computers."
November 16, 1988
Cal State Northridge officials are warning students about a computer virus that threatens to infect hundreds of Macintosh computers on the San Fernando Valley campus. At least a dozen of the school's Macintosh computers have been infected with the virus, known as nVIR, school officials said. The virus--a computer program that is spread from machine to machine when students swap programs recorded on infected computer disks--disrupts functions such as word processing and printing.
September 22, 1990 | From Reuters
A computer virus named after one of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional characters from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is due to activate itself today, destroying files in personal computers with the message "Frodo Lives." The relatively obscure virus was first detected about 10 months ago. About three reports of Frodo's existence in PC software have been coming in each week since then, according to an industry group that monitors computer colds.
April 4, 2000 | From Reuters
A computer virus that could disrupt 911 emergency services is being investigated after it was detected in the Houston area, the FBI said in a statement on Monday. Search warrants were issued in the case last week, but no arrests have been made, said a spokesman for the agency, which has made computer security a top priority since leading Web sites came under cyberattack in February.
November 11, 1988 | RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writer
FBI Director William S. Sessions on Thursday added two more laws to those agents are checking to determine whether charges should be sought against Robert T. Morris Jr. for unleashing a computer virus that shut down or slowed computers across the nation last week.
November 5, 1988 | LINDA ROACH MONROE, Times Staff Writer
For Jeffrey L. Elman, the electronic age means he can work at home, connected by telephone to the UC San Diego computer that helps him make models of how the human brain turns electrical impulses into language. "I was comfortably at home working in the evening (Wednesday) and noticing that the programs I was running were running slower and slower and slower," recalled Elman, an associate professor of linguistics.
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