The Commodore Amiga introduced many of the first things to computer users in the mid-1980s: 256KB of RAM, a 256-color screen, and preemptive multitasking, not to mention celebrity debuts (Andy Warhol used Amiga to create a portrait of Debbie Harry). Not fortunately, the Amiga also became one of the first devices to display a long error message caused by a virus. The SCA virus was first discovered in November 1987, and was a boot sector virus. Once he hacked into the Amiga system, he copied himself onto every floppy disk that was inserted.
then every 15NS A warm reboot (what some might call a ‘reboot’, a warm reboot involves restarting the computer without cutting the power first), the infected Amiga displayed this strange message:
“Something cool has happened / Your Amiga is alive!!! / Better yet… some of your discs are infected / Virus! / Another masterpiece from The Mega-Mighty SCA!!”
SCA virus “cracks” floppy disks
The “powerful” SCA was none other than the Swiss Fracture Association, a group dedicated to making software freely available. SCA removed copy protection from floppy disks to allow distribution of pirated software. This activity was called “hack”, and enthusiasts followed the motto “Don’t trust authority, all information should be free”.
Unfortunately for Amiga users, the SCA virus made its way to the World of Commodore in Toronto, where it spread quickly.
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