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Malware Museum causes controversy among security pros

Steve Ulfelder | June 16, 2016
The museum, part of the Internet Archive, houses DOS viruses from the 1980s and 1990s. Visitors can watch malware's on-screen manifestations at the website and can even download emulations to their PCs. The viruses have long since been defanged.

While Winkler and others frown on the museum's mission, Hypponen, who's been collecting malware for a quarter-century, disagrees.

"Many old-school virus writers were using their viruses as a means of expression," he says. "That's why we get all these displays. Some would call it art. All my colleagues have agreed that this art - like any other type of art - should be preserved. And that's what we're doing."

Source: Network World

 

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