Antedating of "Computer Virus"
dave at WILTON.NET
Sat Apr 23 20:21:19 UTC 2005
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> Subject: Antedating of "Computer Virus"
> The OED's first citation for the term "computer virus" is dated 1984.
> Wikipedia claims that "The term 'computer virus' also appears in the comic
> book 'Uncanny X-Men' No. 158, published in 1982." I have not verified
> this claim.
I haven't seen the actual comic book or even images of the pages (I've
located a copy of the comic, but it will be some weeks before I can get my
hands on it), but this web site provides quotes for the use of "virus" in
the X-Men comic:
"Kitty Pryde: NO PROBLEM. WE SIMPLY DESIGN AN OPEN-ENDED VIRUS PROGRAM TO
ERASE ANY AND ALL REFERENCES TO THE X-MEN AND PLUG IT INTO A CENTRAL FEDERAL
DATA BANK. FROM THERE, IT'LL INFECT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM IN NO TIME."
"Carol Danvers: THERE - THE VIRUS PROGRAM IS PRIMED AND READY TO GO. ONCE
I'VE PUNCHED UP THE X-MEN DATA FILE ... "
There is also a 1972 novel by David Gerrold, "When HARLIE Was One," that
features a computer program called "VIRUS," that propagates like a modern
dave at wilton.net
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