Auction of laptop running 6 Most Dangerous virus sold 1.2 m$
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

The sale of an old computer containing six of the most dangerous information viruses in the world, and symbolizes the dangers of the Internet, at an auction in New York for a million dollars and 345 thousand dollars, announced the site of the Chinese artist who organized this sale.

No special feature of this computer is the "Samsung NBC 10" back to 2008 and running Windows XPBS3, but it contains the viruses "I Love You" (2000) and (May 2004), Sobig (2003), DarkTequila (2013), BlackEnergy (2015) and Wana Cry (2017), and MyDoom

The six viruses have caused at least $ 95 billion worth of damage in the past two decades, according to Guo o Dong, author of the work, called "The Persistence of Chaos"

This man defines himself as a "contemporary digital artist" who criticizes his work "overstating contemporary e-culture".

This  computer could be seen through the broadcast during the auction. He was in a working position but was not connected to the Internet. It will be given to the new owner who has vowed not to connect to the Internet via this device for not deploying these viruses, according to the site.

"It allows us to study malware and allows people who are interested in analyzing this software to see what software is still working, analyze how it works, or let people stop the software in their environment," the auction organizers said.

The auction was conducted in cooperation with Deep Insect, a computer security firm that said viruses in the computer "caused more than $ 95 billion in damage, simply because the companies were not prepared for attacks they had not experienced before."

About the Six Dangerous Virus inside this computer:

 

Malware:

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.

 


Reference:

The Persistence of Chaos Official Website

Sky News:

https://news.sky.com/story/persistence-of-chaos-laptop-infected-with-worlds-most-dangerous-malware-up-for-sale-11725622

NPR

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/29/727796695/the-persistence-of-chaos-sells-for-more-than-1-million


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