TWENTY-FIVE years ago today, two brothers in Pakistan came up with a new and novel way to catch out software pirates.

As it turned out, they also gave birth to one of the greatest annoyances in the modern world.

"Brain", considered to be the first major personal computer virus, was created on January 19, 1986, by Basit and Amjad Farooq Alvi at their computer shop in Lahore, Pakistan.

From there the program spread across the world one infected floppy disk at a time.
Read more: The birth of the first personal computer virus, Brain |