With the innovation of the online industry many software and apps are being added constantly by programmers who benefit with that kind of matter in profits. However, the downside of this many surfacing programs is that opportunistic people tend to get on the wrong side of things; thus the creation of many harmful viruses that are circling the internet world. These viruses do not only give system lock ups but it can break down the computer itself.
10. Love Letter/I LOVE YOU (2000)
This virus is attached in an email that says I Love You. One would expect that the email came from some admirer but instead of giving the revelation of love, the user will get the malicious program containing the virus. By then, it will spread quickly by targeting the first 50 contacts that are found in the user’s email. This virus is considered as the first ever engineered computer virus.
9. Code Red (2001)
Code Red Virus may seem very simple given that it is an unwanted malware program. But during 2001 it took down the website whitehouse.gov because it got deeper into the system software. Other government websites also took down their website during that time because of the fear that the worm, referring to the virus; will hijack them as well.
8. Slammer (2003)
This slammer virus became rampant in the year 2003. It disrupted many websites by attacking the network packets taking down the servers to a complete stop. It victimized the Bank of America, a lot of ATM and 911 emergency numbers in Washington and the worst was the nuclear plan in Ohio. This virus became an alert to the antivirus teams that are working on deleting it.
7. Fizzer (2003)
The virus Fizzer made a name in 2003 when it targeted the money transfer system of the websites. It may seem like almost all those other viruses that are circulating the internet world that time but it made a bigger impact because it doesn’t give out porn stuff and or any malicious sighting rather it went out big on actual cash that is being put on the websites for safekeeping.
6. My Doom (2004)
The Mydoom virus became rampant during the year2004 wherein it targeted the address books of the user’s email upon opening it. Most times it will just look like an innocent email coming from an anonymous person that is why millions were entangled with the virus’s harmful database. It quickly spread among families and friends. That time, it became the fastest spreading virus that has ever existed.
5. PoisonIvy (2005)
PoisonIvy virus, also known as a remote access trojan gives the attacker the ability to control the computers of the users that have been infected with the virus. Upon activation, the attacker will have access with the computer records and all of the features that the computer has. In 2005 some attackers tried the virus on Western firms and chemical industries computer security systems.
4. Zeus (2007)
This virus is available in the cybercrime underworld. It can be used to get password information and any file. It can be a way of creating an identity to make use of. Personal information of people can be taken from them with the use of this virus. It can get the date of birth, address, mother’s maiden name and most unfortunately, the user’s secret security question that is given by a website for safety precautions.
3. Agent.btz (2008)
This virus installs malware programs that take away and steal data. In 2008, the Pentagon found a copy of the virus in their system. They called it a digital beachhead for the reason of the data transfer from the source to another foreign system. Experts decided that it was time to take these viruses seriously and that was when they made the foreign intelligence agency.
2. Conficker Virus (2009)
This virus emerged in 2009 in which it infected millions of Windows based computer systems. It was difficult for the users to stop the virus that is why many experts dedicated their time in halting the virus completely. It was called a superbug because of the quantity of computers that were ruined in a very quick manner. The mystery behind the virus is the unknown setting that it targets in the computers.
1. Stuxnet (2009-2010)
Stuxnet virus became the biggest threat of the computers because it does not target the programs; instead it ruins the machines containing them. It was said to be designed to break the Uranium facility in Natanz Iran. It was made to give a self-destruction code to many washing machines. The discovery of the virus was made in 2010, but most believed that it appeared in 2009 infecting computers in Iran.