Artist Uses Malware in Installation

Artist Uses Malware in Installation

A piece of ‘art’ currently up for auction features six separate types of running on a vulnerable computer.

Malware infection on a laptop can be troublesome or devastating: But is it art? Yes, according to artist Guo O Dong. The Persistence of Chaos, an art installation currently being auctioned (with a high bid, as of press time, of more than $763,000), features a laptop computer infected with a half-dozen pieces of malware: ILoveYou, MyDoom, SoBig, , DarkTequila, and BlackEnergy.

According to the website for the piece, the malware included is responsible for at least $95 billion worth of damage worldwide. The intent of the piece, according to Dong, is to “…see how the world responds to and values the impact of malware.”

The installation features a Samsung laptop running Windows XP. The machine is physically isolated and air-gapped so that there is no risk of the malware being spread outside the installation to the Internet as a whole, according to security firm Deep Instinct, the firm assisting the artist with the installation.

Source: https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/artist-uses-malware-in-installation/d/d-id/1334759?_mc=rss_x_drr_edt_aud_dr_x_x-rss-simple

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