Posted 21 April 2016 - 01:50 PM
This sort of sacrificial computer would actually be quite pointless, it's a problem faced by security analysts trying to study viruses. Basically, some viruses know they are being run on test machines and thus keep hidden and don't reveal themselves. You could download a suspicious file and on the experimental machine it could realise it was in a testing environment not a normal system and hence pretend to be a legitimate file, for example if it were a virus inside a download that claimed to be a program it could on the test machine act like the legit program, or fake an innocuous sounding error to explain why the normal program wasn't running and do absolutely nothing. But then try the same file on a real computer and it could detect that it was on a real working computer and run the viral parts of itself instead of the pretty face it tries to hide behind.
This is a particularly significant problem with virtual machines, because most viruses developed these days recognise virtual machine environments and pretend to be benign when in them, so researchers can't find what the virus really is, because researchers will use virtual machines most of the time.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB