A Samsung NC10 laptop launched in 2008, running Windows XP, has just been sold at an auction for a staggering price of $ 1,345 million.
Although this 11-year-old machine can bring nostalgic value to some people, what really makes it special (and expensive) is that the inside of the laptop has the usual active specimens of 6 among the most dangerous computer viruses ever existed. Of course, the laptop is not sold as a cyber weapon as is often seen on the darkweb black market, but in fact it is sold as a work of art.
The virus-infected laptop is an installation art called "The Persistence of Chaos" by artist Guo O Dong.
According to the website promoting the work, Dong is one "Contemporary Internet artist, with transcendent online cultural criticism in the modern world. The Persistence of Chaos is a collaboration between this artist and cyber security company Deep Instinct, which provides malware and technical support to complete the work in a safe environment."
Dong said the viruses in the laptop had caused financial losses of up to 95 billion dollars. The laptop is certainly not the cause of the $ 95 billion loss, but it is certain that the virus it is carrying is the virus that has caused countless computers and the global network to wreak havoc. island
"It's illegal to sell malware for purposes of infection in the US"
Dong's laptop has been disconnected from the Internet. Its ports are the same, so you can't use USB to transfer viruses out.
The terms of the auction also state "Selling malware for infectious purposes is illegal in the US. As a buyer, you are aware that this work contains a potential security risk. By participating in the auction, you agree and acknowledge that you buy a laptop as a work of art or for educational reasons, and do not intend to disseminate any malware.".
Of course, anyone with relative computer knowledge will easily find a way to extract viruses from a laptop's hard drive.
Details of the auction, including the price, have been posted on the website by Dong. The buyer of the laptop refused to reveal his identity. Hopefully Dong's dangerous work of art does not fall into the hands of someone who has a heart!
Here is information about the famous viruses operating on the world's most dangerous laptop, according to:
The "ILOVEYOU" virus, spread via email and file sharing, has been infected more than 500,000 systems and caused a total loss of $ 15 billion, of which only $ 5.5 billion in the first week alone.
The virus is designed to replace media files on computers, such as photos or videos, by copying the virus itself. It will then spread itself by emailing the contacts in the user's Outlook account.
"ILOVEYOU" has caused the global email system to be overwhelmed, many businesses and governments have almost stopped operating.
"MyDoom" is a worm designed to make infected computers open "welcome" malware and other viruses. The computers will be infected when the user opens an attachment sent in the email containing the MyDoom worm. Estimates of "MyDoom" have caused a total loss of $ 38 billion.
At the time of the first appearance, the worm "SoBig" quickly caused a delay in the Washington DC computer system, forcing Air Canada airlines to make an emergency landing, and slowing down much computers at many big companies, like advanced technology company Lockheed Martin.
"SoBig" can be transmitted via email. Once an infected email is opened, it scans the computer for other email addresses and spreads itself. Estimated, "SoBig" has caused a total loss of $ 37 billion.
"WannaCry" is a recently appearing pre-coding worm that acts as a ransomware: user data will be encrypted by WannaCry until they pay a ransom.
WannaCry has infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, causing a total loss of more than $ 4 billion.
"DarkTequila" is a popular malware in Latin America, designed to collect a variety of data from infected machines, including login information to online services. This data will then be used for network attacks.
Estimates of "DarkTequilla" have caused a total loss of millions of dollars.
"BlackEnergy" was originally used as a data collection tool, but later evolved into malware that could potentially damage a nation's critical infrastructure. "BlackEnergy" was used in a cyberattack that caused widespread power outages in Ukraine in December 2015.