It is a weapon of mass destruction, but its creator considers it a piece of art. This is a second hand laptop Samsung NC10 that went on sale in 2008 and comes with Windows XP inside. Windows XP is not the only thing running on this laptop, it also makes it six of the most dangerous malware in the history of the Internet and which together have caused more than 95,000 dollars damage to the technology industry.
Artist Guo O Dong is responsible for this “piece of art”. It is a laptop infected with some of the most important viruses known to date. According to the artist, it is so dangerous that he has decided to “isolate” it to prevent the malware inside it from spreading. It can be seen in direct streaming via Twitch:
Six different malware to cause chaos
The Persistence of Chaos’ is the name given to this laptop and the work as a whole. Chaos is what it can cause if it is connected to any external network or device. Some malware with which it is infected are capable of expanding to other devices automatically as soon as the laptop connects to an external or internal network. It is in a way the representation of a biological weapon in the digital world.
The six viruses contained in the laptop are as follows:
- ILOVEYOU: One of the first computer worms, in May 2000 it affected more than 50 million computers causing damage of more than 5.5 billion dollars.
- WannaCry: A ransowmware that touched us in its entirety affecting Telefónica and spread to more than 150 countries, its consequences were enromes even some time later. It has not been completely finished.
- MyDoom: The fastest computer worm to spread by email. This malware alone caused an estimated $35 billion in damage.
- SoBig: It affected millions of Windows computers in August 2003.
- DarkTequila: It was used especially in Latin America for the purpose of obtaining financial information.
- BlackEnergy: In December 2015 this malware caused a blackout in Ukraine infecting different electricity companies in the country. The malware was first detected in 2008.
More than 1.2 million dollars for it and assuming the legal consequences
The computer was infected/created by cybersecurity company Deep Instinct and is currently being auctioned for sale to the highest bidder. It is currently worth over $1.2 million. However, we must bear in mind that this is a computer with malware and the sale of malware as such is illegal in the United States, which is where it is auctioned. As a condition, the buyer must sign a document admitting that he is buying “a piece of art” and not malware. There are a good handfuls of other rules to comply with for the purchase of the laptop.