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Laptop with deadly malware up for auction

A laptop purposely infested with six infamous strains of malware, including WannaCry and ILoveYou, is being auctioned in the US as an art project.

The highest offer for the device was $1.1m (£800,000).

The auction states that the Samsung laptop’s internet connectivity will be deactivated when the device is dispatched to the auction winner.

The 11-year-old Notebook has been air-gapped – a security measure to separate it from other networks.

It is prohibited in the US to sell malware for the purpose of causing harm.

The terms and conditions of the auction state that the laptop must be acquired “as a piece of art or for academic reasons”.

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