In the fanciful "Computer Virus Catalogue," you'll find weird artistic interpretations of some of the most well-known computer viruses in history. They range from very literal to extremely surreal — and most capture the destructive, adolescent spirit that drives people to make viruses in the first place. (Mildly NSFW)

Above, you can see Saïd Kinos' interpretation of the Ika-Tako virus, which disguised itself as a music file on P2P networks, and replaced as many files as it could with pictures of squid.

I love this interpretation of the Cookie Monster virus by Lawrence Slater, because I always imagine virus writers reading that exact book. Cookie Monster was the first computer virus, created in the 1960s, which froze people's machines and demanded cookies.


You can't have a virus art show without Stuxnet, and here it is, imagined by Mel Nguyen as a terrifying-looking version of a biological virus crossed with a psychedelic version of an old Donkey Kong game. Stuxnet was a Windows worm created as a weapon by the U.S. and Israeli governments, to infect computers associated with Iran's nuclear power plants.

Yep, this is pretty much how I imagine every computer virus. This is the infamous Sircam worm, imagined by artist Alyar Aynetchi. The worm's main goal in life was to send an email message containing these exact words to every contact in your Outlook email manager. Yay!


See more incredibly goofy interpretations of viruses and worms over at the Computer Virus Catalogue.