A surprising piece of art has been placed outside of Tel Aviv University’s Smolarz Auditorium: A Cyber Horse, a six-meter tall “Trojan horse” made of different parts of television, smartphones, iPads and computer screens that were infected by various viruses and malware. The Cyber Horse was created for the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center’s annual cyber week.

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Today (Monday), the Cyber Horse, a six-meter tall “Trojan horse,” was put on display at Tel Aviv University. The Cyber Horse is a piece of art composed of devices that can be harmed in cyber-attacks: The horse, which weighs about two tons, is made up of thousands of different parts of television, smartphones, iPads and computer screens that were infected by various viruses and malware.

The horse was put on display in order to mark the beginning of the National Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University. The horse was created in order to prompt national and international awareness of the dangers of cyber-attacks. This is the sixth consecutive year that the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at Tel Aviv University has held the week-long event, in cooperation with the National Cyber Headquarters at the Prime Minister’s Office and Foreign Affairs Ministry. The giant horse, which is clearly based on the mythological story of the Trojan Horse, was placed outside of the university’s Smolarz Auditorium.

“We live in an era where cybernetic asset protection is becoming more complicated by the day,” explained the chairman of the Cyber Research Center at Tel Aviv University, Maj. Gen. (res.) Professor Yitzhak Ben Yisrael. “Every day, an average of 250,000 hostile cyber programs are created.”