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Virus-Infested Laptop Selling for $1.2 Million

This is not a scam, it's legit. The reason behind this whole thing is, according to the artist (yes, it's an art project), "to create a catalogue of historical threats". In collaboration with Deep Instinct, Chinese internet artist Guo O Dong infected a laptop with six of the deadliest computer viruses in history.

“Malware is one of the most tangible ways that the internet can jump out of your monitor and bite you,” Guo told VICE. “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.”
All together, the six pieces of malware — ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig, WannaCry, DarkTequila, and BlackEnergy — have caused $95 billion dollars in damages worldwide, attacking millions of users and targeting banks, government institutions, and average people.

Rest assured, anybody who will subsequently own this computer does not risk having other computers infected. The collaborators made sure that these viruses will not spread. But it probably would be best to leave the computer alone and not stick anything into it.

(Image credit: Soumil Kumar/Pexels)


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I had a Windows 95 laptop that just kept opening web pages in a kind of cascade effect, very pretty but aggravating. Had I known what it would have been potentially worth I never would have had it fixed.
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People who write ShitCode® or any other programs not beneficial to the overall scheme of things, should have their fingers, tongues & eyes removed. With pruning shears, preferably.
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