Searching for the first PC virus in Pakistan

Mikko Hypponen

Mikko Hypponen, born in 1969, is the Chief Research Officer of F-Secure. He has worked for the company since 1991 and has led his team through the largest malware outbreaks in history. In 2003 Hypponen’s team took down the global network used by the Sobig.F worm and in 2004 he was the first to warn the world about the Sasser outbreak. In 2007 he named the infamous Storm Worm and in 2010 he produced classified briefings on the operation of the Stuxnet worm. Hypponen is also an inventor for several patents, including US patent 6,577,920 “Computer virus screening”.
Mikko Hypponen has assisted law enforcement authorities in the United States, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases.
He has also written for international publications like the Scientific American, Foreign Policy, New York Times and virus Bulletin, as well as addressing the most important security-related conferences worldwide. He has been the subject of dozens of interviews in global TV and print media, including a 9-page profile in Vanity Fair. In 2007 he was selected among the 50 most important people on the web by the PC World magazine. In 2010 he received the virus Bulletin Award as “The Best Educator the Industry”, which is given every ten years. As a hobby Hypponen enjoys collecting and restoring classic arcade video games and pinball machines.

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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...