Before the term “computer virus” was common in our daily discourse, it had to be explained to the general public—apparently with a sufficient amount of melodrama and intrigue. Watch this TV newscast from 1988 as it tackles the new threat with lines like, “It arrived at MIT in the middle of the night. The students were safe. Their computers weren’t” and “The suspect? Somewhere, a dark genius.”

Ah, the Eighties. You may also enjoy the retro hardware with actual floppy disk drives and the use of footage from movies and an Atari video game to drive home the seriousness of the situation.