The Persistence of Chaos laptop runs 6 pieces of malware that brought in financial damages of around $95 billion

It’s no secret that malware can be very dangerous. Some types of malware can be extremely dangerous to the point where they can bring substantial financial damage to companies as well as regular people all over the world. As an experiment, a team of malware experts went with a laptop that runs six pieces of malware that in total brought in financial damage of $95 billion.

And as you can most likely imagine, The Persistence of Chaos laptop where all of this runs is constantly dealing with performance problems, and it’s barely usable. You can actually find it online as it has its own live stream. The piece is isolated and also airgapped, all to ensure that there are no financial damages.

The unit itself is a Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook; it runs Windows XP SP3, it also has a restart script on it and nothing else. The problem with all of this is you never really know what you can expect and what damage can appear, so you try to push the boundaries as much as you can and just go from there.

What malware is on this laptop?

  • BlackEnergy which uses a complicated rootkit and process injection technique as well as a modular architecture.

  • DarkTequila was used in Latin America for stealing bank information as well as corporate data, and it works even online. As you can imagine, this is one of those malware pieces that really caused a ton of damage for a lot of people.

  • WannaCry is a ransomware piece, and it affected more than 200000 computers over 150 countries. It caused $4 billion in damages, and it continues to do some damage in various places of the world.

  • SoBig circulated via emails as viral spam. It was focused on copying files, sending itself as a message to others and damaging hardware. SoBig caused $37 billion in damages.

  • MyDoom was seemingly commissioned by email spammers and it was one of the fastest spreading worms in the world. It caused $38 billion in damages on its own.

  • ILOVEYOU was spread via file sharing and email, it affected around 500000 computers, and it brought in $15 billion in damages as a whole, 1/3 of that damage being caused in the first weak.

This experiment clearly shows that some malware pieces are dangerous, and you must find a way to tackle everything correctly to avoid problems. It’s a huge challenge to do that, but the potential can be huge if you do it right and the payoff will be second to none in the end. Just knowing what damage can appear is enough to boost protection, and that on its own manages to deliver some great advice and protection. One thing is sure, you do need to update your computer, use security solutions and be very careful with the kind of files you are working with. Prevention is key here, as eliminating this kind of malware is extremely hard.