The story of Creeper, the first computer virus ever programmed


“I am a creeper … catch me if you can!” The year was 1971, and this message began to appear on several ARPANET computers. At that time, nobody had seen anything like it in the computer world, a program that replicated itself and spread from one node to another through the network. The program was called Creeper (creeper), and today is considered the first computer virus in history. It was not a malicious program, and it simply traveled through…