Saturday, May 26, 2012

The First Computer Bug

Back in 1945, after WWII ended, the gargantuan Mark II computer which ran ordinance calculations for the U.S. Navy shut down, Technicians eventually found that a moth trapped between two of the machine’s relay points was the culprit. Navy personnel preserved the moth in the daily log (photo above) and noted the first actual case of a bug being found in a computer, hence computer bug.  However, the culprit had been used to describe a mechanical malfunction since Thomas Edison’s day. Compute experts say that 55,000 new malware programs are introduced over the Internet every day.

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