Computer viruses get their own museum

The recently opened online Malware Museum pays homage to early viruses

The practice of creating viruses became an important subculture and part of new sorts of cultural activities, practices and interests. We too often think that all malware is by necessity just vandalism or criminal activity. The actual skills of coding them – even with simple scripts – may be just a hobby for some but an art form for others. And viruses themselves are cultural objects that tell the story of contemporary security.

Exhibits in the Malware Museum, which is based on the personal collection of the prominent Finnish viruses researcher Mikko Hyppönen, demonstrate how viruses in the 1980s and 1990s crystallised both cultural stories and fears.


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