4. Conficker, the “Aircraft Virus”
Conficker, known to millions as the “Aircraft Virus”, was a “super virus” that not only stopped computers from downloading Windows updates and antivirus programs, but also grounded countless numbers of aircraft all over the world. Victims of its indiscriminate wrath including the French Navy and the British Air Force.
It seems that a side effect of the virus included its ability to stop military computer networks from downloading the necessary flight plans required to keep planes in the air. As a result, Conificker has gone down in history as another major omen of what unrestricted cyber warfare will one day achieve.
3. Sasser Birthday Virus
Sasser, also known as the “Birthday Virus”, was created by Sven Jaschan, and released into the digital wilderness as a sort of “rite of passage” on his 18th birthday. The virus quickly infected millions of Windows XP and Windows 2000 computers, causing untold millions of dollars in damages.
Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s leading investment firms, had a particularly tough time with the virus, as it disabled their systems for hours. In the end, Sasser led to the apprehension of Jaschan, who has since spent quite a lot of time in prison for his unorthodox birthday celebration.