News | International
27 Jun 2019 2:09
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    Laptop infected with six of the most destructive viruses sells for $1.9 million

    An 11-year-old computer loaded with six of the most destructive viruses ever created fetches an astronomical figure in an online auction.

    A second-hand laptop loaded with six of the most destructive viruses ever created has sold for almost $2 million at auction.

    The 2008 model Samsung was infected by artist Guo O Dong for a work called The Persistence of Chaos.

    The six pieces of malware (BlackEnergy, DarkTequila, ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig and WannaCry) have caused almost $100 billion in damage across the globe, according to Guo.

    To prevent the nasties being set free by their new mystery owner, the computer's internet connectivity and ports were disabled.

    The malware itself is not rare or valuable.

    "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," Guo said in the terms of the auction.

    Before the sale, a viewing of the laptop, which sold for $1.9m, was livestreamed from New York.

    The Persistence of Chaos was created as a collaboration between the artist and cybersecurity company Deep Instinct, which provided the malware and technical expertise.

    Guo, a contemporary artist whose work critiques online culture, said the work was a representation of the real-world harm that could be caused by malware.

    "We have this fantasy that things that happen in computers can't actually affect us, but this is absurd," Guo told The Verge.

    "Weaponised viruses that affect power grids or public infrastructure can cause direct harm."

    He said the WannaCry attack on the UK's National Health Service was an example of the impact viruses could have on the offline world.

    "[WannaCry caused] the equivalent of $US100 million in damages and led to the cancellation of tens of thousands of doctors' appointments," he said.

    "It is not a leap to say this caused significant human harm."


    © 2019 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved

     Other International News
     26 Jun: Australia and PNG agree to extend contracts for Manus Island asylum seeker services
     26 Jun: Khaled Sharrouf orphan gives birth to third child days after rescue from Syria
     26 Jun: World War II bomb explosion registers as earthquake, leaves crater in German cornfield
     26 Jun: Male Tassie devils hit hardest by second type of transmissible cancer
     26 Jun: Dry July partnership with alcohol chain BWS under fire from health experts
     26 Jun: Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency is set to help the 'unbanked' of the world, whether they want it or not
     26 Jun: New US sanctions targeting Iran's Supreme Leader marks 'a new level of provocation'
     Top Stories

    The Silver Ferns anticipate their opponents could have a chip on their shoulders when they play their first world cup warm up game tonight More...

    A more affordable New Zealand .... could mean more tourists More...

     Today's News

    A more affordable New Zealand .... could mean more tourists 21:57

    Australia and PNG agree to extend contracts for Manus Island asylum seeker services 21:47

    Tom Holland rescued a fan from getting crushed by "30 grown men" on Monday (24.06.19) 21:40

    Population growth and technology advances will lead changes in Auckland's workforce over the next decade 21:17

    Beth Chapman's family have reportedly been told she may not wake from her medically-induced coma 21:10

    Celine Dion took three years to find the "passion to keep going" after René Angélil's death 20:40

    John Stamos wants to "protect" his son from the "hatred" on social media 20:10

    Elisabeth Moss was "surprised" by the success of 'The Handmaid's Tale' 19:40

    Khaled Sharrouf orphan gives birth to third child days after rescue from Syria 19:37

    Pamela Anderson has accused Adil Rami of leading a "double life" 19:10

     News Search

    Power Search

    © 2019 New Zealand City Ltd