The Persistence of Chaos, 2019

Guo O Dong, 2019

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This page is livestreaming The Persistence of Chaos, a laptop running 6 pieces of malware that have caused financial damages totaling $95B. The piece is isolated and airgapped to prevent against spread of the malware.

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Airgapped Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook (2008), Windows XP SP3, 6 pieces of malware, power cord, restart script, malware

10.3” x 1.2” x 7.3”
2.8Lbs


Malware:

ILOVEYOU

The ILOVEYOU virus, distributed via email and file sharing, affected 500,000+ systems and caused $15B in damages total, with $5.5B in damages being caused in the first week.

MyDoom

MyDoom, potentially commissioned by Russian e-mail spammers, was one of the fastest spreading worms. It's projected that this virus caused $38B in damages.

SoBig

SoBig was a worm and trojan that circulated through emails as viral spam. This piece of malware could copy files, email itself to others, and could damage computer software/hardware. This piece of malware caused $37B in damages and affected hundreds of thousands of PCs.

WannaCry

WannaCry was an extremely virulent ransomware cryptoworm that also set up backdoors on systems. The attack affected 200,000+ computers across 150 countries, and caused the NHS $100M in damages with further totals accumulating close to $4B.

DarkTequila

A sophisticated and evasive piece of malware that targeted users mainly in Latin America, DarkTequila stole bank credentials and corporate data even while offline. DarkTequila costed millions in damages across many users.

BlackEnergy

BlackEnergy 2 uses sophisticated rootkit/process-injection techniques, robust encryption, and a modular architecture known as a "dropper". BlackEnergy was used in a cyberattack that prompted a large-scale blackout in Ukraine in December 2015.

Additional Info

Location

This work ships from New York, NY in the US.


Terms of Sale

Restricted Material

The sale of malware for operational purposes is illegal in the United States. As a buyer you recognize that this work represents a potential security hazard. By submitting a bid you agree and acknowledge that you’re purchasing this work as a piece of art or for academic reasons, and have no intention of disseminating any malware. Upon the conclusion of this auction and before the artwork is shipped, the computer’s internet capabilities and available ports will be functionally disabled.

Further Conditions

Shipping and Handling

The work will ship after the conclusion of the auction period. Shipping for this work will be coordinated by the seller. All packing and shipping costs are covered by the bid; additional taxes and fees may apply. Seller reserves the right to set the shipping date after sale if additional logistics are required.

Local buyers may contact the seller directly to coordinate delivery or pickup in the Greater New York Area.


About the Artist

Guo O Dong is contemporary internet artist whose work critiques modern day extremely-online culture. The Persistence of Chaos was created as a collaboration between the artist and cybersecurity company Deep Instinct, which provided the malware and technical expertise to execute the work in a safe environment.


IN COLLABORATION WITH

Deep Instinct’s artificial deep neural network brain prevents cyber threats like these from ever happening again.

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