Have you been thinking of changing your laptop lately? This might be your answer. So make up your mind if you want to buy this useless laptop infected with six of the world’s most dangerous viruses that caused over $95B in financial damages.
Internet artist Guo O Dong is selling a laptop filled with 6 of the most dangerous viruses that spread into millions of devices and caused more than $95B in financial damages. As long as you don’t connect this piece of nasty hardware and software to any USB or Wi-Fi, you’ll be safe. Speaking to The Verge, Guo O Dang said: “We have this fantasy that things that happen in computers can’t actually affect us, but this is absurd.”. “Weaponized viruses that affect power grids or public infrastructure can cause direct harm.”.
Not as dangerous as some graphite piece buried underneath the soil in the Chernobyl radioactive zone (we truly hope nobody has the guts to make art with something coming from there), but still “The Persistence of Chaos” has that mojo of something capable of destroying lives (yes, digital weapons destroy lives, believe it or not).
Described as an “Airgapped Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook (2008), Windows XP SP3, 6 pieces of malware, power cord, restart script, malware”, the laptop includes six of the most dangerous viruses ever written:
ILOVEYOU: The ILOVEYOU virus, distributed via email and file sharing, affected 500,000+ systems and caused $15B in damages total.
MyDoom: potentially commissioned by Russian e-mail spammers, was one of the fastest spreading worms. It’s projected that this virus caused $38B in damages.
SoBig: SoBig was a worm and trojan that circulated through emails as viral spam. This piece of malware could copy files, email itself to others, and could damage computer software/hardware. This piece of malware caused $37B in damages and affected hundreds of thousands of PCs.
WannaCry: WannaCry was an extremely virulent ransomware cryptoworm that also set up backdoors on systems. The attack affected 200,000+ computers across 150 countries, and caused damages close to $4B.
DarkTequila: a sophisticated malware that targeted users mainly in Latin America, DarkTequila stole bank credentials and corporate data even while offline.
BlackEnergy: BlackEnergy was used in a cyberattack that prompted a large-scale blackout in Ukraine in December 2015.
The Persistence of Chaos was created as a collaboration between the artist and cybersecurity company Deep Instinct, which prevents cyber threats like these from ever happening again. They supplied the malware and technical expertise to execute the work in a safe environment. The price tag currently sits above $1.2 million.
You can watch the livestreaming of the auction on Twitch.