Laptop for sale infected with world’s most dangerous malware – the Brexit Party manifesto

Science and Tech, UK Politics
Laptop for sale infected with world's most dangerous malware - the Brexit Party manifesto

A laptop infected with six of the most dangerous viruses and malware that have caused around $95bn (£74bn) of damage has been put up for auction.

It is said to contain the fabled Brexit Party manifesto. A document so disruptive, it has never been seen in printed form.

The Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-inch blue netbook has been isolated and is incapable of connecting to the internet to prevent its contents getting out.

It isn’t even guaranteed to work as the manifesto interrupts the logical functioning of any circuitry it infects.

The current highest bid at the New York-based anonymous auction – which is being billed as a piece of art – is $1,130,500 (£900,000).

The bidding started at £450,000 from Aaron Banks but had been raised significantly by multiple small bidders via PayPal.

The concept is a collaboration between contemporary internet artist Guo O Dong and cybersecurity company Deep Instinct. Entitled The Persistence of Chaos, the terms of sale state: “The sale of malware for operational purposes is illegal in the United States.

Activating the laptop would paralyse all interaction with Europe and return the functioning of society to the Victorian era.

Among the pieces of malware loaded onto the machine is the WannaCry virus that tore through Europe in May 2017 and badly affected the NHS. It is also infected with the ILOVEYOU virus, MyDoom, SoBig, DarkTequila and BlackEnergy.

It is also said to contain The Millennium Bug, Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill numbers 5, 6 and 7 and the real ending to Game Of Thrones, where the dragon refuses to raze the city after realising all life is beautiful and sacred.

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