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Why the PoC is the Most Dangerous Laptop in the World

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Recently, world’s most dangerous Laptop’ known as Persistence of Chaos was sold for $1.345 million. Read on to know more…

Recently, world’s most dangerous Laptop’ known as Persistence of Chaos (PoC) was sold for $1.345 million. The laptop contained some of the world’s most destructive malware. Six pieces of malware present in the laptop had truly terrible track records.

It is estimated that these 6 malware programs have logged combined damages of $95 billion between them.

Laptop Setup
Actually, the Persistence of Chaos is a 2008 mid range model Samsung NC10, 14GB, 10.2-inch, laptop and is installed with 6 various malware. The PoC runs on Windows XP (Service Pack 3).

“The Persistence of Chaos,” as the work is known, was created by Chinese Internet artist Guo O Dong and was commissioned by cybersecurity firm Deep Instinct, a New York-based cyber-security firm. The company supplied the malware and collaborated with Guo to guard against the kind of real-world damage the project was designed to highlight.

“We have this fantasy that things that happen in computers can’t actually affect us, but this is absurd,” Guo told The Verge. “Weaponized viruses that affect power grids or public infrastructure can cause direct harm.”

Dong chose to install the six malware programs which are ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig, WannaCry, Dark Tequila, and BlackEnergy.

Potential Power
The featured viruses have names that could be mistaken for pop songs, but collectively have caused more than $95 billion in economic damage. The “Wanna Cry” ransomware attack of May 2017 was one of the biggest, affecting more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, and wreaking havoc on the National Health Service in Britain and Renault factories in France. “BlackEnergy” caused blackouts across Ukraine in December 2015. The oldest malware, “I Love You,” was an email attachment masquerading as a love letter in May 2000 that infected tens of millions of PCs on the Windows operating system.

“These pieces of software seem so abstract, almost fake with their funny, spooky names, but I think they emphasize that the web and IRL [in real life] are not different spaces,” Guo told The Verge.

Guo and Deep Instinct said they took steps to ensure the malware isn’t dangerous. The laptop is air-gapped, meaning it’s not directly connected to the Internet and cannot spread the viruses to other networks. Its Internet capabilities will be disabled before it is shipped to the winning bidder.

The Future of PoC
Finally, an art patron has paid $1.3 million approximately ₹9 crores for the tech equivalent of a dormant land mine — for the PoC laptop containing some of the world’s most destructive malware.

The latest anti-malware programs can detect the malware programs which are installed on the PoC laptop. But again, there are successors and the principles of staying safe remain the same.

Sooner or later, somebody will create a PoC version 2 and that will feature malware that would cause double or triple the damage of its predecessor.

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