When was the first cybersecurity attack?
Would you believe me if I said that the first cybersecurity attack occurred in 1971? Well, that’s the truth. Though really an attack per se, it was a worm that bounced between computers showing a message on the infected screen saying, “I’m the creeper: catch me if you can.”
And so it began. The terrible world of viruses, malware, and other cybersecurity challenges. Just as the Garden of Eden was infested with weeds after Adam ate the apple, The Apple (another PCs) were infested with a myriad of cybersecurity weeds with the onset of the internet.
It’s unfortunate that when a good thing is invented, bad things seem to follow. Such is the world we live in.
After the 1971 “creeper” worm, the first Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack occurred in 1988 when Robert Morris developed a worm that caused an infected computer’s internet to slow down big time. Like the 1971 worm, the worm Morris developed was never intended to do harm. It was actually designed to expose security flaws. Unfortunately, his worm was so easy to replicate that it ended up causing an estimated $10 million in damage.
A year later, in 1989, cybercrime took a more sinister turn with the creation of the world’s first ransomware attack. Known as the AIDS Trojan, creator Joseph Popp distributed the ransomware using floppy disks. Although the ransomware was easy to remove, it still marked a sad day in the evolving history of the internet.
Things only got worse from there.
Once home PCs, Microsoft Windows 98, and the internet became commonplace in homes, cybercriminals saw this as the perfect opportunity to exploit the masses. Since then, the world of cybersecurity has turned into a multibillion-dollar industry. And understandably so. Big e-commerce operations like Melaleuca .com and Nike.com pour millions into their cybersecurity operations, employing top-notch in-house cybersecurity IT experts. Even the military is jumping on board hiring cybersecurity specialists at a rapid pace.
If you’re looking for a job that will always be in demand, cybersecurity is definitely one of those jobs.