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PandaLabs ranks most dangerous computer viruses of last 20 years

Friday 13 or Jerusalem
Friday 13 or Jerusalem
Barrotes
Barrotes
Cascade or Falling Letters
Cascade or Falling Letters
CIH or Chernobyl
CIH or Chernobyl
Melissa
Melissa
ILoveYou or Loveletter
ILoveYou or Loveletter
Klez
Klez
Nimda
Nimda
SQL Slammer
SQL Slammer
Blaster
Blaster
Sobig
Sobig
Bagle
Bagle
Netsky
Netsky
Conficker
Conficker

PandaLabs has also given the infamous viruses faces – please see images on the right hand side.

Friday 13 or Jerusalem

Created in Israel in 1988 and first reported in Jerusalem, it supposedly commemorated the 40th anniversary of Israel. Whenever the date was Friday 13, it would delete all programs run on an infected computer.

Barrotes

The first well-known Spanish virus appeared in 1993. Once on the computer, it would remain hidden until 5 January, when it would activate displaying just a series of bars on the monitor.

Cascade or Falling Letters

Created in Germany in 1997. Whenever it infected a computer, it would make the letters on the screen fall in a cascade.

CIH or Chernobyl

This virus was produced in Taiwan in 1998, and took just one week to propagate and infect thousands of computers.

Melissa

First appeared on 26 March 1999 in the USA. This ultra-smart malicious code used social engineering to spread, with a message that read “Here is that document you asked for… don’t show anyone else ;-)”.

ILoveYou or Loveletter

So famous, it hardly needs introduction. This romantic virus emerged from the Philippines in 2000. With the subject ‘ILoveYou’ it infected millions of computers around the world and even organizations like the Pentagon.

Klez

Created in 2001 in Germany, it only infected computers on the 13th of odd months.

Nimda

The name is basically ‘admin’ spelled backwards, as it was able to create administrator privileges on infected computers. It originated in China on 18 September, 2001.

SQLSlammer

This was another major headache for companies. It first appeared on 25 January, 2003, and affected more than half a million servers in just a few days.

Blaster

This virus, created in the USA on 11 August, 2003, contained a message in its code: “I just want to say love you san!!” (We still don't know who ‘San’ is), and “Billy gates, why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software”.

Sobig

This German virus was famous in the summer of 2003. The F variant was the most damaging, it attacked on 19 August of the same year and generated more than one million copies of itself.

Bagle

This emerged on 18 January, 2004, and has been one of the most prolific viruses with respect to the number of variants.

Netsky

This worm also came from Germany in 2004 and exploited vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Its creator was also responsible for the notorious Sasser virus.

Conficker

Last on the list and most recent, it appeared in November 2008. Oddly enough, if your keyboard is configured in Ukrainian, it won't affect you…

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