Chinese artist Guo O Dong, in partnership with cybersecurity company Deep Instinct, put up for sale the world’s most dangerous laptop. The auction is held in New York and will end today, May 27th.
The seller notes that the laptop does pose risk to security:
“As a buyer you recognize that this work represents a potential security hazard. By submitting a bid you agree and acknowledge that you’re purchasing this work as a piece of art or for academic reasons, and have no intention of disseminating any malware.”
The laptop contains six most dangerous varieties of viruses. The first of these was the notorious WannaCry. This ransomware program disabled millions of computers in 150 countries.
Another virus is the NHS, whose owners in May 2017 demanded a ransom in BTC.
The malware ILoveYou, released in 2000, infected computers from the Pentagon, the CIA and the British Parliament in just two weeks.
MyDoom is an e-mail worm for Microsoft Windows and Windows NT, launched in 2004.
The laptop also contains the powerful mail virus SoBig, which was discovered in 2003 and was found in every 17th e-mail.
Malicious software DarkTequila in its time has become a real “headache” for the Mexican banking system.
Finally, the sixth virus is BlackEnergy 2, which “destroyed” the Ukrainian energy system in 2016.
The total damage from malware is about 95 billion pounds. At the time of writing, the maximum rate for a laptop with viruses is $1.2 million.
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