Overclock.net › Forums › Industry News › Software News › [PCGamer] Now you can safely enjoy the strange beauty of 1990s malware
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

[PCGamer] Now you can safely enjoy the strange beauty of 1990s malware

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Now you can safely enjoy the strange beauty of 1990s malware

Quote:
Malware tends to be subtle nowadays, but in the '90s it liked to announce its presence loudly and proudly. Most PC users were less savvy back then, so it was okay to hijack their screens and spook them (or attempt to entertain them) while formatting the C: drive. There was no need to be underhanded because there was less at stake – credit card transactions weren't as ubiquitous as they are now, and identity theft less lucrative.

So it's weird to visit this new archive of classic malware programs – known as the Malware Museum – and note how creepy and threatening they sometimes were (though they were often very funny, too!). Take Q Casino for example, which hijacks the DOS prompt with a good ol' fashioned round of Russian Roulette: if you win, your hard drive stays intact and you get the hacker's phone number. If you lose, say bye to all your files.

Some – or most – weren't as cunning. Some of my favourites are those that just make the screen look pretty, or which play austere, beatless techno music. While no doubt annoying and frightening in the '90s, now these tiny programmes – emulated via DOSBox – are charming in the way they capture the prankster experimentation of the time.
Browsing the Malware Museum won't infect your modern PC. All "destructive routines" have been removed by curators Mikko Hypponen and Jason Scott, and the library is for posterity. As someone on the receiving end of quite a bit of this stuff in the mid '90s, I get cold flushes when I watch some of these. Still, it's hard to ward off nostalgia for a time when malicious software would just render a pleasant Egyptian pyramid on the screen.


]

Ok this is pretty cool

it uses DOS Box to emulate the code....
Edited by kaistledine - 2/10/16 at 5:46am
Shadownet
(12 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5930k Asus rampage V Extreme  Inno3D GTX 970 Hercluez x4 airboss ultra  Gskill ripjaws DDR4 3200mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
WD black  WD Black  Seagate ES  Custom loop  
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 10  Corsair k70  Super flower 1000 W plat  Corsair 900D 
  hide details  
Reply
Shadownet
(12 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5930k Asus rampage V Extreme  Inno3D GTX 970 Hercluez x4 airboss ultra  Gskill ripjaws DDR4 3200mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
WD black  WD Black  Seagate ES  Custom loop  
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 10  Corsair k70  Super flower 1000 W plat  Corsair 900D 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 7
This talk by Mikko Hypponen is relevant as he's one of the authors of this museum.
BLACK
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-6300 GA-990XA-UD3 Gigabyte GTX 650 2GB Kingston HyperX Fury 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston HyperX Fury ADATA SP900 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 Generic DVD drive 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Gelid Tranquillo rev.2 W7 Prof x64 Acer G226HQLHbd Acer G226HQLbbd 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer G226HQLHbd Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Fortron Raider 550W Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseAudio
A4Tech XL-740K Genius HS700V 
  hide details  
Reply
BLACK
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-6300 GA-990XA-UD3 Gigabyte GTX 650 2GB Kingston HyperX Fury 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston HyperX Fury ADATA SP900 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 Generic DVD drive 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Gelid Tranquillo rev.2 W7 Prof x64 Acer G226HQLHbd Acer G226HQLbbd 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer G226HQLHbd Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Fortron Raider 550W Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseAudio
A4Tech XL-740K Genius HS700V 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eldan View Post

This talk by Mikko Hypponen is relevant as he's one of the authors of this museum.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Thanks for the video, cool stuff. I don't know how they've been doing recently but F-secure (a Finnish AV platform) used to be among the best and apparently this guy is their lead researcher.
Fractal Fury
(9 items)
 
TJ08-e Reborn!
(12 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-5930k ASRock X99m Killer AMD Radeon Fury X G-Skill Ripjaws 4 32Gb 
Hard DriveCoolingKeyboardPower
Kingston Hyper-X Predator M.2 Corsair H100i GTX Ducky Shine III (MX Blue) EVGA Supernova 750 G2 
Case
Fractal Node 804 
  hide details  
Reply
Fractal Fury
(9 items)
 
TJ08-e Reborn!
(12 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-5930k ASRock X99m Killer AMD Radeon Fury X G-Skill Ripjaws 4 32Gb 
Hard DriveCoolingKeyboardPower
Kingston Hyper-X Predator M.2 Corsair H100i GTX Ducky Shine III (MX Blue) EVGA Supernova 750 G2 
Case
Fractal Node 804 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 7
reminds me of the glorious Commodore and AMIGA days...

Every game you started was basicly asking for a code. Just hit any button and then it showed: Cracked by ...

And some good old fashion graphics and techno music biggrin.gif

Haaaa turning 36 in a month... darn I miss the 80's tongue.gif
   
Main Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k 3.4GHz @ 5.2GHz ASUS P8P67 Deluxe (B3) SLi ASUS GTX780Ti DC2OC 16GB (4x 4GB) Vengeance 1866MHz @ 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
C: Crucial MX200 250GB D: Caviar Black 2TB E: Spinpoint 750GB F: Raptor 150GB (Ubuntu 12.04 Dual Boot) 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS BD Thermalright Silver Arrow Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Asus PB278Q 2560x1440p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Corsair 1kW Antec 1200 Logitech G600 
Mouse PadAudio
A4 paper :D Logitech Z-5500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 (2.6GHz to 3.8GHz) ASUS 780i Striker II Formula ASUS GTX 470 8Gb (4x2Gb) Dominators 1066MHz DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C: Crucial M4 256GB D: 1x Raptor 150Gb & E: + F... ASUS DVD + DVD(RW) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit ASUS 26" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Corsair 750W Antec 300 Logitech G5 
Mouse PadAudio
A4 paper :D ASUS Cine5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 something something ASUS N750JV nVidia 750M 2x 4GB DDR3 1600 Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C: Crucial MX200 mSATA 250GB + D: WD 1TB 5k4 E:... DVD-RAM DL C: Windows 7 64-bit, E: Linux Elementary OS Luna 17" 1080p 
Mouse
ASUS Optical USB 
  hide details  
Reply
   
Main Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k 3.4GHz @ 5.2GHz ASUS P8P67 Deluxe (B3) SLi ASUS GTX780Ti DC2OC 16GB (4x 4GB) Vengeance 1866MHz @ 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
C: Crucial MX200 250GB D: Caviar Black 2TB E: Spinpoint 750GB F: Raptor 150GB (Ubuntu 12.04 Dual Boot) 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS BD Thermalright Silver Arrow Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Asus PB278Q 2560x1440p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Corsair 1kW Antec 1200 Logitech G600 
Mouse PadAudio
A4 paper :D Logitech Z-5500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 (2.6GHz to 3.8GHz) ASUS 780i Striker II Formula ASUS GTX 470 8Gb (4x2Gb) Dominators 1066MHz DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C: Crucial M4 256GB D: 1x Raptor 150Gb & E: + F... ASUS DVD + DVD(RW) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit ASUS 26" 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Corsair 750W Antec 300 Logitech G5 
Mouse PadAudio
A4 paper :D ASUS Cine5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 something something ASUS N750JV nVidia 750M 2x 4GB DDR3 1600 Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C: Crucial MX200 mSATA 250GB + D: WD 1TB 5k4 E:... DVD-RAM DL C: Windows 7 64-bit, E: Linux Elementary OS Luna 17" 1080p 
Mouse
ASUS Optical USB 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by ASUSfreak View Post

reminds me of the glorious Commodore and AMIGA days...

Every game you started was basicly asking for a code. Just hit any button and then it showed: Cracked by ...

And some good old fashion graphics and techno music biggrin.gif

Haaaa turning 36 in a month... darn I miss the 80's tongue.gif

I once got into a school stats fight over which was better the AtariST or the Amiga.


I know i just set you off on a hour long youtube nostalgia tour

Edited by Pip Boy - 2/10/16 at 2:47pm
post #6 of 7
How far have we gotten, from graphical fun-viruses and cracktros to demoscene. And it's still alive, reminding us of the times past.
BLACK
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-6300 GA-990XA-UD3 Gigabyte GTX 650 2GB Kingston HyperX Fury 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston HyperX Fury ADATA SP900 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 Generic DVD drive 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Gelid Tranquillo rev.2 W7 Prof x64 Acer G226HQLHbd Acer G226HQLbbd 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer G226HQLHbd Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Fortron Raider 550W Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseAudio
A4Tech XL-740K Genius HS700V 
  hide details  
Reply
BLACK
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-6300 GA-990XA-UD3 Gigabyte GTX 650 2GB Kingston HyperX Fury 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston HyperX Fury ADATA SP900 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 Generic DVD drive 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Gelid Tranquillo rev.2 W7 Prof x64 Acer G226HQLHbd Acer G226HQLbbd 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer G226HQLHbd Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Fortron Raider 550W Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseAudio
A4Tech XL-740K Genius HS700V 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 7
No sub7???
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Software News
Overclock.net › Forums › Industry News › Software News › [PCGamer] Now you can safely enjoy the strange beauty of 1990s malware