Having a “malware” or computer virus on your laptop is something that anyone wants to avoid. Now imagine buying a laptop with the six most dangerous viruses in the world.
Precisely that was what happened with a piece called “The Persistence of Chaos”, which was auctioned in New York for nothing less than $ 1.3 million.
It is a laptop Samsung NC10 of 2018 with 14GB and 10.2 inches running Windows XP SP3, as reported by the computer security company Deep Instinct, responsible for the auction.
This laptop, created by the contemporary internet artist Guo O Dong, has been left without Internet access “to prevent the spread of malware”, since it has six dangerous types of viruses installed and active: ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig , WannaCry, DarkTequila and BlackEnergy.
These viruses spread through email and file-sharing networks, and in total represent around $ 95 billion in damages through the infection of millions of systems worldwide.
That is why the equipment is sealed and has no connections to any network or to connect to the Internet, nor to enter USB flash drives so that viruses can not escape.
In addition, the buyer promised to leave the device disconnected so as not to spread the viruses, according to the auction site.
According to the organizers, this piece allows the study of malicious software, as well as having access to those viruses in operation, analyzing how they operate, and perhaps allowing people to block specific software in their environment.