I'm looking for a source of descriptions of 1990s to early 2000s malware; I have searched for a very long time yet found very little. I require information such as payload activation dates, files created, files deleted, and similar.

Edit: I've found a few sites that give vague descriptions, such as the following:

https://www.symantec.com/security_response/landing/azlisting.jsp?azid=W - has many malicious programs listed, and gives descriptions of a few, but they aren't enough to determine payloads or activation dates.

https://www.f-secure.com/en/web/labs_global/threat-descriptions - only has recent malware.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/Threats.aspx - has a very large number of malware programs listed, but almost all have extremely generic descriptions

In addition, I found one source that was closer to what I wanted, but it had descriptions for only a very small number of programs: http://www.viriipedia.com/index.php?CN=20&CIE=1

Where does one find this type of historical data?

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    you mean like exploit-db.com? exploit-db.com/dos/?order_by=date&order=asc&pg=1
    – schroeder
    Aug 24, 2015 at 21:24
  • If you can get a hold of the samples you can submit them to malwr.com and get that information
    – KDEx
    Aug 25, 2015 at 4:38
  • Welcome. You are looking for a product recommendation (website), but that is off-topic question.
    – user45139
    Aug 25, 2015 at 5:21
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    @begueradj from a research perspective, I would allow this question (being specific to old malware) - but without further information about what he already found, I'm closing this as "unclear".
    – schroeder
    Aug 25, 2015 at 16:01
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    There are a lot of wiki's kicking about with articles about malware, they generally explain the malwares workings, its history and notable examples of that particular malware. The links below both including the history of malware dating back to its inception and continuing throughout the 90's 2000's and up to the present day. Being wiki's you may want to source and fact check any information contained within them though. virus.wikidot.com and malware.wikia.com Aug 26, 2015 at 11:07

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Try these links:

  1. Timeline of computer viruses and worms
  2. Timeline of computer security hacker history
  3. Securelist - Descriptions
  4. View Recent Malware

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