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Malware museum invites you to ‘enjoy’ the vintage viruses

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  • February 10, 2016

Malware museum invites you to ‘enjoy’ the vintage viruses

Malware museum invites you to ‘enjoy’ the vintage viruses

If modern computer viruses which steal your credit card details or hold your data to ransom make you long for the good old days when malware was little more than annoying, an online ‘museum’ of vintage viruses could be worth a visit.

The Malware Museum is an archive of viruses from the 80s and 90s which allows you to ‘relive’ some of the most common infections without the risk of damaging your machine.

While it shows the animations and messages that would appear on infected computers, the Malware Museum only displays a simulation of the viruses, so it’s perfectly safe to look at on your web browser.

At the moment there are 78 samples to marvel at including Casino, created in 1991, which forced users to play a slot machine in order to stop their data being destroyed, and Hydra II, which saw random letters and characters swirl across the screen.

Of course, malware today is a lot more malignant, focusing as it does on stealing your credit card information or holding data to ransom.

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