It dubbed its new collection of antique trojans and viruses “The Malware Museum”, which contains programs that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s.
The viruses have been defanged, and Archive.org explains that since they run in emulated containers online, its collection lets you safely experience malware infection of decades ago.
“Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected,” said Arhive.org.
Speaking to Ars Technica, Archive.org curator Jason Scott said the museum started taking shape when Finnish computer security expert Mikko Hypponen offered his collection of roughly 30 viruses.
Hypponen had already disassembled the programs to remove their destructive capabilities.
Soon after posting Hypponen’s collection, YouTube video host Daniel White offered his collection of neutered viruses.