A Pittsburgh First: the Computer Virus

Born in Pittsburgh:

Rich Skrenta, a 1985 Mt. Lebanon High School graduate, is credited here with developing the first virus for a microcomputer -- when he was in the 9th grade. The virus celebrates its 25th birthday this year.

Skrenta moved on to bigger and better things. Computer viruses continue to play a big role in Pittsburgh.

[Thanks, Steve, for the tip; cross-posted at Pittsblog and Blog Lebo.]

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