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Infect yourself with multiple viruses to increase your net worth — it seems to work with laptops

Most valuable Samsung NC10-14GB netbook (Source: Man of Many)
Most valuable Samsung NC10-14GB netbook (Source: Man of Many)
The Samsung NC10-14GB netbook that was sold at an auction for a staggering US$1,345,000 is a 2008 model that runs Windows XP SP3 and comes loaded with 6 pieces of malware that have caused damages of over US$95 billion, namely ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig, WannaCry, BlackEnergy, and DarkTequila.

Anyone interested in buying a decade-old netbook should be able to easily find one on eBay for less than US$100, but there are always exceptions. Today, we are talking about an exception that was recently sold for almost US$1.4 million (as incredible as it may seem, someone actually paid that sum after placing the winning bid). The secret ingredient? No less than six pieces of code that have caused financial damages in excess of US$95 billion over the last few years.

According to the official page dedicated to this unique laptop, the buyer ended up with the following pieces of hardware and software: "Airgapped Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook (2008), Windows XP SP3, 6 pieces of malware, power cord, restart script, malware."

The infamous six viruses mentioned above are the following: 

  • ILOVEYOU (spread via email and file sharing, US$5.5 billion damages in the first week, US$15 billion total)
  • MyDoom (email virus potentially coming from Russia, US$38 billion in damages)
  • SoBig (viral email spam worm/trojan, US$37 billion total damage)
  • WannaCry (ransomware crypto worm that affected over 200,000 computers worldwide and caused total damages of almost US$4 billion)
  • DarkTequila (malware targeted at Latin America that stole bank credentials and corporate data and caused millions in damages)
  • BlackEnergy (used in a cyber attack that caused a large-scale blackout in Ukraine back in December 2015)

The winning bid for the aforementioned netbook hit an impressive US$1,345,000, up from the US$1 million it managed to hit the previous day. If you have any interesting memories regarding your personal experiences with viruses, trojans, and other security hazards, feel free to share them with the rest of us in the comments section. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-06-17 (Update: 2019-06-17)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.