Time Machine: Watch a Boston TV report freak out about computer viruses

Even the ET Atari video game tries to explain

God bless the people on Reddit who have found this gem - a 1988 TV news report from a Boston station reporting on an insidious "computer virus". It's quite possible that this was the infamous Morris Worm, but there's not date stamp on the news report other than 1988.

What makes the video awesome is the cheesy TV news report itself, which has the reporter saying things like "The students are safe, their computers are not," as well as using the ET Atari video game to help explain the concept of what a computer virus is.

I'm sure there was a follow-up report the next day that had some woman crying, "What about the children! Who will protect them?", but sadly we haven't found that report yet.

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