In Pictures: 20 notorious worms, viruses and botnets

The earliest worms and viruses were created for geeky fun and did little harm - oh, how times have changed. Here are 20 worms, viruses and botnets that show the evolution of malware, from Creeper to Flame.

Operation Aurora

Operation Aurora, a cyber attack which began in mid-2009 and continued through December 2009, put the concept of advanced persistent threats on the map, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab.

The attack, first publicly disclosed by Google in a January 12, 2010 blog post, originated in China. The attacks, which hit more than 30 organizations in the U.S., were the first public confirmation that dedicated hackers had infiltrated major organizations and were using advanced techniques to stay undetected for long periods while stealing valuable information, including source code and intellectual property.

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