Malware Becomes Art

On May 28, 2019 malware officially became art! That’s when the auction closed and a SamsungNC10 laptop containing 6 historically significant viruses was purchased for $1,345,000!

The Persistence of Chaos

The piece, commissioned by cybersecurity firm Deep Instinct, is titled “The Persistence of Chaos” and was created by the artist Guo O Dong.

Speaking to The Verge the artist explained this about his work:

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

6 Active Viruses

In total, the six different pieces of malware installed on the SamsungNC10 have been credited with causing approximately $95 billion worth damages around the globe. The laptop is air gapped and therefore ostensibly harmless (though we have shown here that air gapping does not necessarily equate to isolation) and contains active versions of ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig, WannaCry, DarkTequila, and BlackEnergy.

Coming to a Museum Near You?

While at first the idea of a laptop containing viruses being art might seem ludicrous we have to look no further than the Art Institute of Chicago to see that weaponry has been considered art for hundreds if not thousands of years. And, in the wrong hands with the right intent these viruses and those viruses still to come are indeed weapons. Perhaps even weapons of mass destruction.

Konsultek Knows Security

Viruses are now art. That doesn’t mean they are any less devastating to organizations and their networks. That’s where we come in. Consider us the helpful docent that can help you navigate and understand the black arts of cybersecurity. Give us a call or hit us up on our contact form to learn how our customized security solutions protect organizations of all sizes across all industries.

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