29 Jun '14, 5am

xkcd’s Virus Aquarium Made Real

xkcd’s comic 350, “Network” Click to View. A surprising number of projects here are in some way influenced by the webcomic xkcd, but usually not as directly as this. Comic 350, “Network” is the tale of a very odd stickman who keeps multiple VMs running an unprotected, old version of Windows. Between the VMs, they have virtually every virus and are, effectively, a computer virus aquarium. Now it’s a real thing , and best of all, it’s open to the Internet for normal humans to view, complete with screencaps of all seven nodes updated every 30 seconds, the ability to view all processes on each node, and the ability for anyone on the Internet to upload any file to a node. All the files uploaded to the nodes are executed, so you get to see in real-time what the effects of “1TB_of_porn_this_took_a_while_to_upload.exe” are on node 3, and wonder what virus.exe actually does. The id...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2014/06/28/xkcds-virus-aquarium-made-...

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