For Chinese artist, Guo O Dong, the simple black Samsung laptop computer, loaded with six potent viruses, symbolises one of the world’s most frightening threats.
On Tuesday his creation “The Persistence of Chaos” rocked the art world, selling for more than $1.3 million in a New York online auction.
There’s nothing special about the 2008 10-inch Netbook, running Microsoft’s now-outdated Windows XP.
But loaded onto its memory chips are the computing world’s equivalents of the most deadly infectious diseases: “I LOVE YOU” from 2000, “Sobig” of 2003, “MyDoom” (2004), “DarkTequila” (2013), “BlackEnergy” (2015), and the most notorious of all, the “WannaCry” ransomware from two years ago. Read more