Internet Archive launches ‘Malware Museum’

Internet Archive launches ‘Malware Museum’

Last week, the Internet Archive announced the launch of a 'Malware Museum' --- a new Web page which hosts mostly harmless computer viruses.

The Malware Museum launched by the Internet Archive is basically a collection of the malicious software which was distributed on home computers in the early days of personal computing --- the 1980s and the 1990s. Such malicious software was mostly distributed for the purpose of entertainment or amusement, or as an annoying joke.

The collection of computer viruses hosted at the Malware Museum basically give the visitors to the page an opportunity to relive the "glory" days when most of the computer viruses were harmless, rather than a dangerous threat for potential pilfering of personal data of the victims.

The collection of viruses currently comprising the Malware Museum has been created by Jason Scott - software curator at the Internet Archive - and Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at F-Secure.

The 'Malware Museum' compilation of viruses - which largely represents only a sampling of the early days of malware - can be accessed by anyone from the safety of an in-browser DOS simulator, and the viruses can also be downloaded in different forms.