Amjad Farooq Alvi

IRL Name: 
Amjad Farooq Alvi

Amjad Farooq Alvi along with his brother Basit Farooq Alvi created the Brain boot sector computer virus that was released in its first form in January 1986 and is considered to be the first computer virus for MS-DOS.

The virus came complete with the brothers' address and three phone numbers, and a message that told the user that their machine was infected and to call them for inoculation:

Welcome to the Dungeon © 1986 Brain & Amjads (pvt). BRAIN COMPUTER SERVICES 730 NIZAM BLOCK ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN LAHORE-PAKISTAN PHONE: 430791,443248,280530. Beware of this VIRUS.... Contact us for vaccination...


He was 20 years old when he and his brother wrote Brain.

In 2011, 25 years after Brain was released, Mikko Hyppönen of F-Secure travelled to Pakistan to interview Amjad for a documentary.

The brothers with another brother Shahid Farooq Alvi are still in business in Pakistan as Brain NET Internet service providers with a company called Brain Telecommunication Limited.