Virtual virus museum opened on Archive

Feb

6

2016

Mikko Hyppönen, a Finnish security expert, has opened a virtual museum of malware on the Internet Archive. The museum consists mainly of a collection of PC viruses from the eighties and nineties of the twentieth century.

Along with Jason Scott, among others manage software collections on Internet Archive, suggested Hyppönen collection Malware viruses for The Museum together. It comes to MS-DOS viruses that appear in a DOS box emulator. The viruses are stripped of their malicious routines.

Virus Museum Archive.org
Virus Museum Archive.org

malware_MARINE.COM and malware_COFFESHOP.COM

The collection includes only viruses that showed an animation or after infection notice that the user’s computer was infected. Some virus writers produced only fun animations, others decided that their virus could serve as a platform to express their political preference or another form of activism. The collection is so far out of 65 copies. Unfortunately, there is not as relevant exhibits celebrated their heyday.

The oldest known MS-DOS computer virus, Brain, which has not yet found in the museum. Brain was released in January 1986; last month appeared there a video on Tweakers.

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