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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Malwares art: When electronic viruses acquire an organic form

While I was reading some news website, I stumbled upon an article with pictures of what I thought were either exotic plants or some kind of micro-organism. As it turned out they were computer virus visualizations by Alex Dragulescu, a Romanian tech savvy/visual artist who had the idea of manifesting art through use of system, data and algorithmic information. I believe he got the idea about malware visualization while working for MessageLabs security company.

As you can see here his works are quite impressive, as the complexity and characteristics of the visual representation come straight from the virus's analysis, such as API calls, use of sockets and memory management. Not only does it provide microscopic information, but it also looks ... organic and real (just put a few pointy teeth here and there, a couple of red glowing eyes and you have a first class little monster to scare your kids with)!

In the ever more growing cyberspace where visual information is increasingly dominating over textual, it would be interesting to see if perhaps the next antivirus program generations can interact with the user in a much more organic way, where you can actually visualize the malware and identify it as an intuitively comprehensible, living entity ...

I hear that Alex's next project is to attempt and generate abstract portraits from online profiles and activity ...
I won't need to physically see or interact with you to know anything about you . I can just look at your automatically generated (facebook?) portrait ...