A Windows laptop infected with six high-profile computer viruses has surpassed a value of one million dollars in public bids.
For a project called "The Persistence of Chaos", contemporary internet artist Guo O. Dong and security company Deep Instinct infected a Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook (2008) with Windows XP SP3 with six pieces of malware in the past causes financial damage together for a total of $ 95 billion.
Included in these threats is WannaCry, a family ransomware that used a Microsoft SMB vulnerability in May 2017 to infect hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, and BlackEnergy, which caused a power outage in Ukraine around 2015 in Christmas. The art project also includes the ILOVEYOU virus, MyDoom worm, SoBig trojan and DarkTequila malware.
Dong and Deep Instinct decided to air the computer to prevent the malware identified above from finding its way to the web and causing more damage.
The duo puts their affected computer on display via a live feed hosted on a website created for the project. The feed will probably remain available until someone wins a public auction for the artwork.
Currently, the minimum bid for the computer is $ 1,130,500.
Dong told VICE that he created the Project of Chaos to investigate how people experience malware:
These pieces of software seem so abstract, almost fake with their funny, spooky names, but I think they emphasize that the web and IRL are not different spaces. Malware is one of the most tangible ways the internet can jump out of your monitor and bite you.
He went on to describe the project as a "bestiary, a catalog of historical threats" that emphasizes how "it is exciting to see the animals in a living environment."
For more information about Dong and his other internet art projects such as "HiPster On A LEASH" and his Twitter bot called "China Headlines, "View his personal website here.