This page is meant as a companion to my book, "Battle of Minds: a history of computer viruses". Here I will place documents, saved web-pages and interviews transcripts that I have gathered as part of the 5-year research I did for the book.
Note: The book and the rest of this website are in Hebrew, but I wrote this page in English since i'm guessing this information might be useful to people from around the world. If you're a journalist or a Computer Security researcher in need of more information, i'd be happy to assist: contact me at – email@example.com.
8.11.13: This page is a work in progress, so check in in a later date for additional materials.
About the Book:
"Battle of Minds" covers the history of computer viruses from the early roots – the work of Von Neumann, the Darwin game, etc. – up until 2010, roughly. It features detailed interviews with several important historical figures in this field.
"Battle of Minds" was published in 2012 in Israel by Keter Books. It has received great review from both newspapers and readers.
About the Author:
Ran Levi, born 1975, is the author of 4 Non-Fiction popular science books in Israel. He is the host and producer of the podcast "Making History", which is Israel's most successful independent podcast. Ran has a B.Sc in Electronics Engineering from the Technion.
Resources and Documents:
Virus History, Misc
Go Forth and Replicate – By Moshe Sipper and James A. Reggia, Scientific American
"The Animal" Virus
Animal Source Code – By John Walker (PDF)
The Animal Episode – By John Walker (VX Heavens, PDF)
Darwin, a Game of Survival of the Fittest among Programs – (Mcllroy, Morris, Vyssotsky)
Doug McIlory Interview – By Ran Levi (txt)
Computer Recreations – By A.K. Dewdney
Computer Recreations, Cont. – By A.K. Dewdney
Re: A (long) story about an (old) Apple ][ virus – By Rich Skrenta
NU frosh programs cloning achievement – By Mike Sprengelmeyer, The Daily Northwestern
The joy of the hack – By Rich Skrenta
The Morris (Internet) Worm
A Report on the internet worm – By Bob Page
A Tour of the Worm – By Dann Seeley
Reactions to the internet worm, alt.comp – Various Commenters
Internet VIRUS alert (By Peter Yee) & "A Possible Virus Report" – alt.comp (Sec. Digest Archives)
The Internet Worm Program: An Analysis – By Eugene H. Spafford
U.S.A v. Robert T. Morris – Court papers.
U.S.A v. Robert T. Morris – More Court papers.
Reaper & Creeper
Bob Thomas, interview – By Ran Levi.