If megalomania is a prerequisite for attempting to change the world via computer virus, then no one should be surprised that one of the earliest cyber terrorists was a magazine publisher. MacMag was a virus commissioned by Richard Brandow, editor and publisher of Mac Mag, a computer magazine based in Montreal. The virus was programmed to infect Mac computers and display the following message on all systems simultaneously: "RICHARD BRANDOW, publisher of MacMag, and its entire staff would like to take this opportunity to convey their UNIVERSAL MESSAGE OF PEACE to all Macintosh users around the world." Unfortunately, however, there was a bug in the virus's code. Instead of peace, many who were infected simply got a crashed system. Brandow, of course, was unapologetic.

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