Monday, 28 January 2008

Visualising viruses

What does a computer virus look like? Previously I've looked at a couple of interesting ways in which people have represented computer code visually. Today a colleague pointed me to Alex Dragulescu's website. This visual artist has used an analysis of "disassembled code, API calls, memory addresses and subroutines" to create 3D images.

The results are fascinating. MyDoom, for example, actually looks like a virus (or at least, it looks like something you might see down a microscope in a sci-fi movie). The Storm worm looks like it would be quite happy living at the bottom of the ocean.

Alex Dragulescu's representation of MyDoom