Smashing Security podcast #164: A bitter pill to swallow

A gallery is tricked into giving millions to a fraudster, software tells doctors to push opioids onto patients, and an artist finds a novel way to trick Google Maps into thinking there’s a traffic jam.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

Malware makes an exhibition of itself

If you happen to be in the Netherlands in the next few months you may be interested in dropping into an unusual art exhibition.

From Friday 5 July until 10 November, you’ll be able to check out “Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection” at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

Deadly biological viruses beat malware in beauty contest

British artist Luke Jerram, with the help of talented glassblowers and university virologists, has created transparent and colourless jewel-like glass sculptures of biological viruses.

They may be deadly, but they sure are beautiful…

The dying art of computer viruses

The art has gone from malware. The commercial cybercriminals rule the roost, and the hobbyists who incorporated dramatic visual payloads have largely disappeared.

And, to be honest, I hanker for the old days.

Is the art of computer viruses dead?

Vancouver-based artist Bratsa Bonifacho says his latest collection of paintings has been inspired by computer malware.

But were computer viruses ever really a work of art? The answer might surprise you..