In 1992, a virus
scare centered on the Michaelangelo virus. Up to five million computers were
estimated to be targets for infection by the virus, according to John McAfee, producer of McAfeeÂ’s virus-scan
software. Millions of dollars were spent by companies, institutions, and
government agencies to prepare for this possible cyber ApocalypseÂ—which turned
out to be no more than a minor virus scare. The virus received its name from
the day on which it was expected to strikeÂ—MichelangeloÂ’s birthday. Because of
McAfeeÂ’s obvious error in predicting a potential cyber Apocalypse, his IT career
ended. However, McAfee left with a nice Â“golden parachuteÂ” from the anti-virus
software company he founded.
Anti-Virus Software; Cyber Apocalypse; Malware; McAfee, John Company; Virus.
Colgate University Computer Science. The Virus Scare. [Online, 2004.] Colgate
University Computer Science Website. http://cs.colgate.edu/faculty/nevison.pub/