As we celebrate our 25th anniversary over the next month, we’re paying tribute to the women and men who helped build the success story that is F-Secure. You can experience that story here and help us fight malware in our anniversary arcade game.
First we’d like to honor the man known as “the virus hunter”, our Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen who joined F-Secure on June 1, 1991. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
Where were you 25 years ago?
I was in the army. See the attached picture.
What’s surprised you most since you’ve joined F-Secure?
That all the antivirus competitors we had in the early days have disappeared or been bought by another company: every single one of them. We and Ikarus GmbH from Austria are the only ones left.
What’s your favorite piece of technology?
Right now? My Pebble. Over all time? My Atari Xevious upright coin-op.
What F-Secure memory is most irreplaceable to you?
The endless virus wars of 2003, where our small analyst team stayed awake for days at a time – to protect our customers.
How will the world be different in 25 years?
We should have singularity by then. Hopefully were still in charge. But we won’t be the most intelligent thing on the planet any more in 2038. This is assuming that the the Unix date bug of January 19th of 2038 at 03:14:08 won’t break everything.
What’s your 25th birthday wish for F-Secure?
That we will continue to proudly Serve and Protect.
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