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Laptop with six most dangerous malwares sold for 1.3 million dollars

No one wants to use a laptop infected with computer viruses, right? What about a laptop with the six most dangerous computer malware ever, installed in it? Well, it just sold for 1.3 million USD at an online auction.

The laptop named “The Persistence of Chaos” has been created by Chinese artist Guo O Dong. The buyer is anonymous but there is a lot of information about the laptop. Dong collaborated with a cybersecurity company, Deep Instinct to load the laptop with the dangerous viruses. Deep Instinct is the first company to use deep learning technology for cybersecurity and it can detect even unknown malware across all range of devices.

The laptop is an ordinary 10.2 inch Samsung NC10-14GB running Windows XP. It is airgapped which means that it cannot be used for connecting to other networks. The 6 pieces of malware running in it have caused financial damages totalling 95 billion USD in the past.

The 6 malware are ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig, WannaCry, DarkTequila and BlackEnergy.

Guo commented that these softwares may seem abstract with their funny names, but it emphasizes the fact that web and real life are not separate spaces. Malware is a significant way to demonstrate how the apparently fun and harmless Internet can create a huge mess in your real life.

ILOVEYOU is a virus that was distributed through e-mail and virtual file sharing, affecting almost 500,000 machines and causing damage of 15 billion USD. It came with the email subject header “ILOVEYOU” and deleted the local files in the machine when executed.

MyDoom was created by Russian spammers and it remains the fastest spreading worm till date. It targeted specific servers and the damage caused by it is projected to be 38 billion USD.

SoBig remains the second fastest computer worm only surpassed by MyDoom. It is not only a computer worm, spreading by self-replication but also a Trojan Horse pretending to be some other application.

WannaCry is a ransomware cryptoworm which targeted machines running Windows operating system. It encrypted files and asked for ransom payments to be made through Bitcoins.

DarkTequila is a complex malware running mainly in Latin American countries intended to steal financial information as well as login credentials of popular websites. And finally, there is BlackEnergy which is a web toolkit designed to execute DDoS attacks. In December 2015, it caused a huge blackout in Ukraine.

The laptop has been live-streamed online to make sure no sudden moves are performed. It may seem absurd that an old laptop is fetching so much money but according to Guo, he thinks of the artwork as a catalogue of historical threats.

After listening to this news, I think that many of you would be interested in getting malware into your laptops and then selling them. Tell us what do you think, with a short and quick comment.

Samsung Ai Deepfake

Latest Samsung AI can produce animated deepfake with a single image

Samsung’s AI tech is amazingly creepy and will make our deepfake problem worse as the Samsung engineers from the Samsung AI Center and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Moscow developed an AI technique using algorithms. It has the ability to transform an image into an animoji like video with face making speech expressions, with the only difference that it would not be exactly like your video. It uses AI to morph the face of the person and get all expressions right, which makes it difficult to recognise if its a video of the person or a morphed one. This requires deepfake to possess huge data sets of images in order to create a realistic forgery.

Artificial intelligence system used by Samsung is different from other modern-day technologies as it does not use 3D modelling and hence, can generate a fake clip which is directly proportional to the number of images.

According to researchers, working on this technology claim that it can be used for a host of applications which includes video games, film and TV and can be applied to paintings also. Though Samsung’s AI is cool, it comes with its own banes. It is sometimes used to morph the pictures of celebrities and other people for doing anti-social activities and may result in an increasing number of crimes.

This new approach provides a decent improvement on past work by teaching the neural network how to manipulate the existing landmark facial features into a more realistic-looking moving video. This knowledge can then be used to be deployed on a few pictures or maybe a single picture of someone, whom the AI has never seen before. The system uses a convolution neural network, a type of neural network based on biological processes in the animal visual cortex. It’s particularly adept at processing stacks of images and recognising what is there in them, that is, the “convolution” essentially recognises and extracts parts of those images.

This technique manages to solve the complexities existing in the artificially generated talking heads system, which is basically dealing with the increasing complexity of the heads, along with our ability to be able to easily spot a fake head. Nowadays, software for making deepfakes is available free of cost and it creates fully convincing lifelike videos. We have to just remember that seeing is no more believing. The research has been published on the pre-print server arXiv.org.

Though this technology looks pretty cool, I strongly think that this technology should not be made available for the public as it can lead to many fake videos and fake news. What do you think about this technology? Tell us with a short a quick comment