6 March 1992

The Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers.

The Michelangelo computer virus is a notorious virus that was first discovered in 1991. It is named after the famous Italian artist Michelangelo, whose birthday falls on March 6th, which is the activation date of the virus. The virus was designed to infect computers running the DOS operating system, which was common at the time.

The Michelangelo virus was spread through infected floppy disks, which were a popular means of transferring data between computers at the time. Once a computer was infected, the virus would remain dormant until March 6th, at which point it would activate and overwrite critical system files, rendering the computer inoperable.

The virus was particularly dangerous because it could spread quickly and cause significant damage to infected systems. Estimates suggest that up to 5 million computers may have been infected with the virus worldwide.

Although the Michelangelo virus is now considered to be a relic of the past, it serves as a reminder of the importance of computer security and the potential risks associated with malware and other types of cyberattacks. Today, there are many sophisticated tools and strategies available to help protect against such threats, including antivirus software, firewalls, and other security measures.