Malware Infected Laptop Purportedly Auctions For $1.35 Million


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The "Persistence of Chaos," a computer with six of the world's most costly viruses, sold for $1,345 million (Credit:

Most people would find it hard to label a computer infected with six of the worst-known viruses, which combined have cost the world $95 billion, as art. However, Chinese digital artist Guo O Dong strongly believes his malware loaded "Persistence of Chaos"— a Samsung NC10, which runs on Windows XP — is a masterpiece. What's more, the creator claims to have sold the "artwork" to an anonymous buyer for an astounding $1.345 million in an online auction on May 25, 2019.

According to Dong's website, "Persistence of Chaos," which was built in collaboration with New York cybersecurity company Deep Instinct, contains six dangerous "worms." Among them is ILOVEYOU, a computer bug from 2000 that appeared as a “love letter” attached to emails and cost the world an estimated $15 billion. Then there is the Sobig worm, which doubled as a trojan horse — meaning it could masquerade as something other than malware — that set back computer users a costly $37 billion in 2003.

MyDoom is the world's costliest computer virus to date (Credit:

"Persistence of Chaos" also comes with MyDoom, a 2004 junk mail virus that holds the record for both the fastest spreading e-mail worm, and the costliest — it resulted in an estimated $38.5 billion in damage! Rounding up the deadly list is BlackEnergy, a 2007 malicious cyber-attack tool capable of bringing down computers and servers remotely; WannaCry, a 2017 crypto worm that hijacked business websites and forced companies to pay a ransom, and Dark Tequila, which stole financial information from blissfully oblivious Latin American computer owners in 2018.

Most computer viruses can be avoided with a few simple measures (Credit:

Guo told The Verge that he created his masterpiece to demonstrate the abstract threats posed by the digital world. The contemporary artist said, “We have this fantasy that things that happen in computers can’t actually affect us, but this is absurd. Weaponized viruses that affect power grids or public infrastructure can cause direct harm."

Those worried the new owner might use his "artwork" to cause havoc worldwide can rest easy. In addition to the condition that the buyer purchase the infected computer for academic reasons with no "intention of disseminating any malware," Guo has also disabled the laptop’s internet capabilities and available ports. As long as the "Persistence of Chaos" remains in this condition, there is little danger of it causing any harm.


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  • johann
    johannMonday, April 5, 2021 at 11:20 am
    Why would you buy that if you could buy a big house, a good car, and an amazing gaming/studying set.
    • zaks
      zaksMonday, December 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
      That is way to much for a computer with viruses on it, that's just crazy.
      • jkbear
        jkbearMonday, December 7, 2020 at 11:26 am
        • carmitothecat
          carmitothecatMonday, April 27, 2020 at 9:21 am
          This dude is crazy
          • blozheadz78
            blozheadz78Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 8:51 am
            This is the weirdest thing ever! Why would someone sell a computer with viruses on it?
            • pm-olm
              pm-olmMonday, December 2, 2019 at 4:03 pm
              This dude is crazy
              • buxix
                buxixThursday, November 28, 2019 at 10:06 am
                What the heck is wrong with this person? The computer is infected and they won't even be able to use it.
                • the_real_dude
                  the_real_dudeThursday, April 16, 2020 at 12:37 pm
                  Its a piece of art! What do you mean!?!!?
                • your_majesty893
                  your_majesty893Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 1:40 pm
                  why would someone DO that??????
                  • TheViewerFriday, November 8, 2019 at 2:21 pm
                    why why would someone even buy an outdated computer with viruses that pretty much make the computer and for that much?!
                    • princeender
                      princeenderWednesday, October 30, 2019 at 12:07 pm
                      destroy all viruses and why so much money for an INFECTED COMPUTER when you could buy the real thing for cheaper!
                      • 2ortizem
                        2ortizemFriday, November 1, 2019 at 11:35 am
                        Sometimes you can't get rid of all the viruses in a short period f time. They are purchasing this so they can see what made the viruses hit so hard and so we can be better prepared next time.