Persistence of chaos laptop sells at $1.35 Million in auction

An unknown individual purchases the most dangerous laptop containing six dangerous viruses

An unknown individual purchased a 2208 Samsung 10.2 inch NC10-14GB notebook in an auction for $1.35 Million. It is believed that this laptop is one of the most dangerous laptop aka the persistence of Chaos in the world, infected with six most devastating viruses.

Persistence of chaos: a piece of Art and Malware

A Chinese Internet Artist, Guo O Dong has been created this persistence of Chaos contains six world major dangerous malware.  Obviously, it is not safe- it will be dangerous if you connect wireless network or a USB drive.

Deepinstinct, Cybersecurity firm commissioned the laptop, an auction was organized and this laptop betted $1.35 Million. However, it is unknown the person who buy it.

Guo was asked about this how he came through this weird idea. In the reply, he shared that “the fantasy that things that happen in computers can’t actually affects us” and added that “Weaponized viruses that affect power grids or public infrastructure can cause direct harm”.

Six malware samples in persistence of chaos laptop

The persistence of chaos laptop contains malware sample of six most dangerous malware samples. The viruses were chosen according to the magnitude of economic havoc they have caused worldwide.  These viruses include

ILOVEYOU

MYDoom

SoBig

WannaCry

DarkTequila

BlackEnergy

Short details of these viruses one by one:

  • ILOVEYOU – 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 – 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 the NHS $100M in damages with further totals accumulating close to $4B.
  • DarkTequila – 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 – 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.