Richard "Rich" Skrenta (born 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a computer programmer and Silicon Valley entrepreneur who created the web search engine blekko. In 1982, as a high school student at Mt. Lebanon High School, Skrenta wrote the Elk Cloner virus that infected Apple II machines. It is widely believed to be one of the first large-scale self-spreading personal computer viruses ever created.

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  • Richard "Rich" Skrenta (born 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a computer programmer and Silicon Valley entrepreneur who created the web search engine blekko. In 1982, as a high school student at Mt. Lebanon High School, Skrenta wrote the Elk Cloner virus that infected Apple II machines. It is widely believed to be one of the first large-scale self-spreading personal computer viruses ever created. Skrenta graduated from Northwestern University. Between 1989 and 1991 he worked at Commodore Business Machines with Amiga Unix. Between 1991 and 1995 he worked at Unix System Labs and from 1996 to 1998 with IP-level encryption at Sun Microsystems. He later left Sun and became one of the founders of DMOZ. He stayed on board after the Netscape acquisition, and continued to work on the directory as well as Netscape Search, AOL Music and AOL Shopping. After his stint at AOL he went on to cofound Topix LLC, a Web 2.0 company in the news aggregation & forums market. In 2005, he and his fellow cofounders sold a 75% share of Topix to a newspaper consortium made up of Tribune, Gannett, and Knight Ridder. In the late 2000s he headed the startup company Blekko Inc, which was an internet search engine. Blekko received early investment support from Marc Andreessen and began public beta testing on November 1, 2010. In 2015 both the company and search engine were acquired by IBM for their Watson computer system. He was involved in the development of VMS Monster an old MUD for VMS. VMS Monster was part of the inspiration for TinyMUD. He is also known for his role in developing TASS, an ancestor of tin, the popular threaded Usenet newsreader for Unix systems. In 1989 he started working on a multiplayer simulation game. In 1994 it was launched under the name Olympia as a pay-for-play PBEM game by Shadow Island Games. (en)
  • Rich Skrenta (* 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) ist ein US-amerikanischer Informatiker, Unternehmer und Erfinder. (de)
  • Richard "Rich" Skrenta (ur. 1967 w Pittsburghu w stanie Pensylwania) programista komputerowy, który w 1982 będąc 15-letnim uczniem Mt. Lebanon High School stworzył wirusa o nazwie Elk Cloner, który atakował komputery Apple II. Wirus ten został uznany za pierwszy w historii informatyki. Skrenta ukończył Uniwersytet Northwestern. Pracował w takich firmach jak: Commodore Business Machines, Unix System Labs czy Sun Microsystems. (pl)
  • Richard "Rich" Skrenta (Pittsburgh, Pensilvânia, nascido em 1967) é um programador de computador e empresário do Vale do Silício. Em 1982, quando era um estudante do ginásio na Mt. Lebanon High School, escreveu o Elk Cloner, um vírus que infectou computadores Apple II. Acredita-se que este seja o primeiro vírus propagador de larga escala jamais criado. (pt)
  • Ричард «Рич» Скрента (родился в 1967 году, в городе Питсбург, штат Пенсильвания) — программист и автор того, что считается первым компьютерным вирусом, распространявшимся «in-the-wild»: Elk Cloner вирус, инфицировавший компьютеры Apple II в 1982 году. Получил диплом в Northwestern University. С 1989 по 1991 годы он работал в Commodore Business Machines с Amiga Unix. Между 1991 и 1995 он работал в Unix System Labs, а с 1996 по 1998 с IP-level шифрованием в Sun Microsystems. Позднее он покинул Sun и стал одним из основателей Open Directory Project. Одновременно с работой над Каталогом, он работал в Netscape Search, AOL Music и AOL Shopping. Он также был вовлечён в VMS Monster, бывший мульти-пользовательский мир для VMS. VMS Monster стал вдохновением для TinyMUD. Он также известен за его роль в разработке TASS, прообраз tin, популярного threaded Usenet newsreader для систем Unix. В 1989 он начал работу над новой многопользовательской игрой. В 1994 она была запущена под названием Olympia, как платная игра от Shadow Island Games. С 2002 по 2007 он занимал пост исполнительного директора в Topix.net. (ru)
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  • Rich Skrenta (* 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) ist ein US-amerikanischer Informatiker, Unternehmer und Erfinder. (de)
  • Richard "Rich" Skrenta (ur. 1967 w Pittsburghu w stanie Pensylwania) programista komputerowy, który w 1982 będąc 15-letnim uczniem Mt. Lebanon High School stworzył wirusa o nazwie Elk Cloner, który atakował komputery Apple II. Wirus ten został uznany za pierwszy w historii informatyki. Skrenta ukończył Uniwersytet Northwestern. Pracował w takich firmach jak: Commodore Business Machines, Unix System Labs czy Sun Microsystems. (pl)
  • Richard "Rich" Skrenta (Pittsburgh, Pensilvânia, nascido em 1967) é um programador de computador e empresário do Vale do Silício. Em 1982, quando era um estudante do ginásio na Mt. Lebanon High School, escreveu o Elk Cloner, um vírus que infectou computadores Apple II. Acredita-se que este seja o primeiro vírus propagador de larga escala jamais criado. (pt)
  • Richard "Rich" Skrenta (born 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a computer programmer and Silicon Valley entrepreneur who created the web search engine blekko. In 1982, as a high school student at Mt. Lebanon High School, Skrenta wrote the Elk Cloner virus that infected Apple II machines. It is widely believed to be one of the first large-scale self-spreading personal computer viruses ever created. (en)
  • Ричард «Рич» Скрента (родился в 1967 году, в городе Питсбург, штат Пенсильвания) — программист и автор того, что считается первым компьютерным вирусом, распространявшимся «in-the-wild»: Elk Cloner вирус, инфицировавший компьютеры Apple II в 1982 году. Он также был вовлечён в VMS Monster, бывший мульти-пользовательский мир для VMS. VMS Monster стал вдохновением для TinyMUD. Он также известен за его роль в разработке TASS, прообраз tin, популярного threaded Usenet newsreader для систем Unix. (ru)
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