Laptop with 6 of the Worst Computer Viruses is Selling for $1 Million
A laptop loaded with six of the world’s worst computer viruses is currently up for auction and it’s already reached well over $1 million. Created by Guo O Dong, the ‘artwork’ piece is named ‘The Persistence of Chaos’ and has been created to illustrate the disastrous effects computers can have on modern living.
The laptop used by Guo O Dong for ‘The Persistence of Chaos’ is an Airgapped Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook from 2008. Running on Windows XP SP3, it contains six viruses on its local hard drive. Take a look below at a description of each of them;
The ILOVEYOU virus, distributed via email and file sharing, affected 500,000+ systems and caused $15B in damages total, with $5.5B in damages being caused in the first week.
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 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 was an extremely virulent ransomware cryptoworm that also set up backdoors on systems. The attack affected 200,000+ computers across 150 countries, and caused the NHS $100M in damages with further totals accumulating close to $4B.
A sophisticated and evasive piece of malware that targeted users mainly in Latin America, DarkTequila stole bank credentials and corporate data even while offline. DarkTequila costed millions in damages across many users.
BlackEnergy 2 uses sophisticated rootkit/process-injection techniques, robust encryption, and a modular architecture known as a “dropper”. BlackEnergy was used in a cyberattack that prompted a large-scale blackout in Ukraine in December 2015.
According to Dong, the total amount of damage caused by these viruses is more than $95 billion USD, and it’s clearly caught the imagination of plenty online. Currently ‘The Persistence of Chaos’ has reached an auction price of $1,345,000 USD (around £1,061,460). Find out more over at the piece’s Official Website where it can also be live streamed.
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