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Laptop intentionally loaded with malware sells for $1.345 million

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Artist auctions off a virus-ridden laptop for $1 million

Its Internet capabilities will be disabled before it is shipped to the winning bidder.

The six pieces of malware (BlackEnergy, DarkTequila, ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig and WannaCry) have caused nearly $100 billion in damage across the globe, according to Guo. The six viruses in the laptop (a 10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB) were chosen for the magnitude of economic damage they've caused.

The laptop runs Windows XP Service Pack 3 and it was auctioned bundled with a power cord.

Deep Instinct and Guo estimate that the six viruses used in this artwork have contributed to over $95 billion (£75 billion) in damages.

The artwork is now being broadcast live 24 hours a day on The Persistence of Chaos' website.

This laptop is kept in isolation and air-gapped which means the virus can not escape anywhere unless you connect it to Wi-Fi or attach a USB which is not going to end well because these viruses are known to create damage up to $100 billion worldwide.

Other viruses are BlackEnergy, ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig and DarkTequila.

Guo is an internet artist "whose work critiques modern day extremely online culture", the auction site, organised by cybersecurity group Deep Instinct, said. It is being sold at a private auction, although any one who wishes to buy the laptop can place a bid online. It is a piece of art that has been named The Persistence of Chaos by an Internet artist Guo O Dong. To cap things off, the device is pre-loaded with six of the most unsafe computer viruses to have wreaked havoc across the planet.

For example, ILOVEYOU caused $15 billion as a total in damages.

MyDoom Commissioned by Russian e-mail spammers, MyDoom was one of the fastest spreading worms. It's projected that this virus caused (£30bn) $38bn in damages.

SoBig SoBig was a worm and trojan that circulated through emails as viral spam.

For those wondering why this laptop is even on sale, this is actually an art installation. This piece of malware caused £29bn ($37bn) in damages and affected hundreds of thousands of PCs.

Also included was the WannaCry ransomware that struck organisations around the world in 2017.

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