A laptop loaded with some of the most destructive pieces of malware in history has just sold at auction for $1.345-million. The alleged art piece, named 'The Persistence Of Chaos', contains six pieces of malware responsible for a cumulative $95-billion worth of damages. Some more info while I try to convince my girlfriend that malware must have ordered all the new electronics in my man cave. It was those no-good hackers, honey!:
Commissioned by cybersecurity firm Deep Instinct, "The Persistence of Chaos" was created by artist Guo O Dong, who told The Verge that the piece is a way to give abstract cyber threats physical form. It contains viruses like WannaCry, which infected more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries and caused nearly $4 billion in damages, and BlackEnergy, which shut down a power grid in Ukraine, among other stunts. The laptop also contains the ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig and DarkTequila malware. Each is meant to be a reminder that ransomware has the potential for real-world harm.
In case you didn't notice (how could you not notice?), I linked all the malware names in the quote above in case you wanted to read more about each threat. That said, if I had known a computer loaded with malware could ever be worth so much, I would have sold my grandparents' laptop years ago. It's probably worth at least double this.
Thanks to Geoff and hairless, who agrees whoever bought the piece should probably be added to some sort of watch list.