Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan

The first virus to infect PC computers was discovered in 1986. Intriguingly, the virus contained the contact details of its authors in Pakistan. 25 years later, in February 2011, Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, travelled to the city of Lahore in Pakistan to find the authors.

The authors were identified as brothers Amjad Farooq Alvi and Basit Farooq Alvi. Today they run a successful Internet Service Provider business called Brain Telecommunication Ltd with a third brother Shahid Farooq Alvi. Read more

Mikko Hypponen


Mikko Hypponen, born in 1969, is the Chief Research Officer of F-Secure. He has worked for the company since 1991...

Brain virus


Brain is the oldest known virus on the PC platform and was first detected in 1986. Several variants of the virus are known and most...

Trip to Pakistan


We’ve had a diskette infected with the Brain virus in the
F-Secure Security Lab for as long as I can remember...