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Computer Virus Catalog: An Illustrated Guide to the Worst Viruses in Computer History

Have you ever heard of Anna Kournikova? No, not the tennis super star and bikini model, but rather the famed Windows virus. You see, viruses often try to exploit people’s familiarity with popular celebrities, words, music genres—you get the idea.

Now Amsterdam-based artist Bas van de Poel has launched a Computer Virus Catalog of informative illustrations—created by some of the world’s top graphic designers like Anthony Burrill—that depict these various viruses.

The first computer virus dubbed the Cookie Monster broke out in the late 60s; it freezed all activity on an infected computer and demanded cookies. Victims could quickly unlock their computers by typing in the word ‘cookie,’ that is, meeting the hungry program’s demands. Today viruses like the ILOVEYOU worm can infect millions of computers and cause billions of dollars in damage by spreading through simple email attachments. Not all computer viruses are just rogue hacks, however: the famous Stuxnet worm orchestrated by the U.S. and Israel penetrated and destroyed a significant portion of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges.

Learn more about the history of the worst computer viruses below:

Anna Kournikova by Sarah Mazzetti

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Madman by Jay Wright

Jay-Wright-Madman_o-1_o

Marburg by HORT

HORT---Marburg_o

Techno by Joost & Nick

technovirus_o

OlympicAIDS by Julien Rivoire

Julien-Rivoire---OlympicAIDS_o

Lichen by Jonathan Zawada

Jonathan-Zawada---Lichen_o

LSD by Clay Hickson

Clay-Hickson---LSD_o

Skulls by Anthony Burrill

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Stuxnet by Mel Nguyen

Stuxnet

Melting Worm by Michael Willis

Michael-Willis---Melting-Worm_o

Happy99 by Joshua Checkley

Joshua-Checkley---Happy99_o

Beda by Sam Coldy

Sam-Coldy---Beda_o

Crash by Andreu Serra

Andreu-Serra---Crash_o

ILOVEYOU by Darius Ou Dahao

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Code Red by Thomas Slater

Thomas-Slater---Code-Red_o

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