A laptop infested with the world's most dangerous viruses has sold for £1m online at action in the name of art. Reading a number of articles on this I note the laptop is supposedly air-gapped with it's internet and available ports disabled to ensure the device is safe. However how safe can we be and absolute that the laptop cannot be plugged back in? The terms of the auction dictated that the winning bidder should have no intention of disseminating the malware.
I just hope this laptop remains a piece of 'art' and we don't see any bite back to this sale in the months to come. How such a laptop can be created and freely sold in the first place is worrying at best.
A laptop loaded with some of the world's most crippling viruses has sold for more than £1 million as a work of art at auction. The Persistence of Chaos is running six well-known pieces of malware, including WannaCry which brought down parts of the NHS in May 2017, disrupting 80 trusts across England alone. The old Windows XP machine is isolated and airgapped with internet capabilities and available ports disabled to prevent the malware from being spread. It was created by internet artist Guo O Dong in collaboration with cybersecurity company Deep Instinct to make the artwork safe.