The end of the 1980’s was when home computing and networking was still in its infant stage. That was when email was still called ‘electronic-mail.’ It was also a time when ‘computer virus’ was still a very new and scary thing.

And the media took full advantage of that. This vintage news report from 1988 reports about a computer virus that infected MIT’s network is so overly dramatic and cheesy, it’s comical in today’s world.