World’s First Computer Virus “Brain” was Created in Pakistan by Two Brothers in Lahore

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World’s First Computer Virus “Brain” was Created in Pakistan by Two Brothers in Lahore
World’s First Computer Virus “Brain” was Created in Pakistan by Two Brothers in Lahore

Boys in Lahore mostly fly kites or play street cricket for fun. But Amjad Alvi was different. He loved tinkering with electronic devices in his room.

“While my dad hoped I’d be a fighter pilot, he gifted me two books when I was 10. One on planes and another on electronic projects. I got hooked onto electronics,” Amjad recalled.
He still remembers building his first crystal radio from a DIY guide.

“That’s the magic, you see? Even in a place like Pakistan where getting parts can be a challenge, if you have a computer and some creativity, you can achieve wonders,” he said.

In 1980, the Science of Cambridge from the UK launched the Sinclair ZX80. It was priced at about $230 and wasn’t the first PC, but it was affordable. And the DIY aspect? Amjad loved it.
“That was my first computer. It being a DIY kit meant you could really get to know the machine,” he said.

Amjad got inspired by other techies to sneak code into computers. He tweaked this idea, just like he did with the radio and computer.

Amjad’s journey is impressive. He set up his business in the US, created natural antibiotics, led a cybersecurity firm, and even dabbled in cryptocurrencies.

And he’s firm on one thing.

“The first-ever computer virus? That was the Pakistani Brain. I swear. Before that? No viruses. The concept wasn’t even around. You wouldn’t even think of it unless you’d seen one.”

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