A Laptop Infected With 6 Of The World's Worst Viruses Has Sold For $1.3M

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In a project titled “The Persistence of Chaos,”, a collaboration between Chinese internet artist Guo O Dong, and Deep Instinct, a cybersecurity firm based in New York, a piece of artwork infected with six of the most destructive pieces of malware in history has sold for over $1.3m at auction.

It takes the form of a 10-year-old Samsung NC10 laptop which contains; WannaCry, BlackEnergy, ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig, and DarkTequila - viruses that have caused over $100 billion in damage during their existence.

“These pieces of software seem so abstract, almost fake with their funny, spooky names, but I think they emphasize that the web and IRL are not different spaces,” said Guo when speaking to VICE. “Malware is one of the most tangible ways that the internet can jump out of your monitor and bite you.”

The Samsung NC10 has been isolated, had its ports disabled, and air-gapped to prevent any potential spread of the malware. The piece sold at auction for $1.345 million USD.

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This virus is WannaCry, a ransomware attack that struck computers worldwide in 2017.

This virus is WannaCry, a ransomware attack that struck computers worldwide in 2017.