Appearances in Media from 1989-2010 incl. recent AIDS Information Trojan articles (the first ransomware)

This is just a small overview.

It’s impossible to provide you with all my press coverage with over 3 decades of security interviews (over 3700 interviews)!

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1989 (How it all started …)

VTM Nieuws/News – December 1989

The AIDS information diskette (first ransomware ever) and I was one of the first to find a solution for it. (Dutch)

This it the real interview which changed my life completely … so young …   😉

Created from the original source owned by VTM.

Additional links in chronological order to various articles about the AIDS Information Trojan, the first ransomware, including my story: the story of my life…

Please note that I still have the original floppy, one of the last remaining copies worldwide.

Vice magazine US 2017: The worlds first ransomware came on a floppy.

El Confidencial Spain 2017: Primer ransomware del mundo. (Spanish)

Techzine BE and NL Blog 2017: Hoe ransomware mijn leven op zijn kop zette. (Dutch)

De Volkskrant NL 2018: Ransomware bestaat al langer dan u denkt. (Dutch) (paywall)

RTL TV Nieuws NL 2018: Deze belg kraakte ‘s werelds eerste ransomware in 1989. (Dutch)

RTL TV Nieuws NL 2018 Youtube video. (Dutch)

G DATA CyberDefense Blog 2020: How I got into the security industry.

Bloomberg US 2020: Dark web ransomware.

De Kennis Van Nu (20 May) 2020 TV Doc. NPO2-NTR: No Internet! (Dutch full broadcast >10:30 to 14:30 min) 

De Kennis Van Nu (20 May) 2020 TV Doc. NPO2-NTR: No Internet! (Dutch short video fragment)


De Kennis Van Nu (20 May) 2020 TV Doc. NPO2-NTR: First Ransomware Trailer! (Dutch short video fragment)

Over 30 years of TV appearances in cyber security: there is a big difference!

CSO Online US 2020: A history of Ransomware, the motives and methods behind these evolving attacks. 

CNN Business US 16 May 2021: The bizarre story of the inventor of ransomware. (highly recommended read)

KITV 4 ABC Hawaii 16 May 2021: The bizarre story of the inventor of ransomware. (CNN based)

Explica CO US 17 May 2021: The strange story of the worlds first ransomware attack. 

2 Oceans Vibe US 18 May 2021: Fascinating story of catching man behind worlds first ransomware. (CNN based)

De Morgen Newspaper Belgium 19 May 2021: Hoe deze Belg de allereerste ransomware ooit ontmantelde in een kantoortje in Antwerpen. (Dutch) (paywall)

The Moncrieff Ireland popular News show 20 May 2021: Ransomwares first victim.

Het Nieuwsblad Newspaper Belgium 21 May 2021: Gegijzeld door een floppy disk. (Dutch) (paywall)

Red Hot Cyber Italy 24 May 2021: Qual è stato il primo Ransomware della storia? (Italian)

Le Soir Belgium 30 November 2021: Eddy Willems, victime d’un ransomware en 1989 (French) (paywall)

Command Line Heroes – Season 9 – Episode 5 – 2022: Ruthless Ransomers (English podcast powered by Red Hat)

The Ransomware Hunting Team – 2022: My story was described in detail in this book (p.29-31) about ransomware written by Pulitzer Price Award Winning Journalists Renee Dudley and Daniel Golden. (English)

Ransomware explained in a funny way – NL TV NPO – 1 November 2022 – by Arjen Lubach (Dutch – I appear after min 1.25)


SPECIAL – My TEDx Talk 13 May 2021: A Tale of Two Floppies: the basics of cybersecurity. (TEDxKULeuven)

Also available on Part of my TEDx talk is dedicated to this story.

General Wikipedia article about the AIDS TROJAN.