The year is 1986, and during this time, Doctor Who makes a triumphant return to the screen after an 18-month absence. Ringo Starr lends his voice to narrate his final episode of Thomas the Tank Engine, and a staggering 30.15 million viewers eagerly watch Dirty Dennis and Angie as they initiate divorce proceedings on Eastenders.
However, if you were a fortunate owner of a personal computer at that point, you may recall a more unsettling occurrence – the ‘Brain’ computer virus.
This pioneering computer virus had its origins in custom software created for a Pakistani doctor but soon spread its influence across the globe, infecting personal computers with the ominous message: “Welcome to the dungeon. Contact us for vaccination.”