El Portátil de Ordos es una pieza de tecnología perseguida por el gobierno de EE.UU. que, de acuerdo con Alicia Corwin, contiene partes de un código fuente similar a Stuxnet. Fue vendido a una empresa china por Harold Finch. ("God Mode")
Según Corwin, el portátil de Ordos tiene que ser manejado con extrema precaución ya que el software que contiene explotaría todos los canales de comunicación abiertos. ("Matsya Nyaya") Una versión del virus fue puesto en libertad por Kara Stanton ("Dead Reckoning"). El virus atacó a la máquina, lo que provocó un restablecimiento completo, y después Finch confesó que él había construido el virus original, luego adaptado por Decima. Según Finch, el portátil también contenía algunos de los programas para la máquina. ("Zero Day")
Alicia Corwin and Mark Snow send Reese and Kara Stanton on a mission to retrieve a laptop computer from a facility in Ordos, China, after which, each is ordered to "retire" the other. When they arrive at the location, a tech facility in an abandoned company town, they find a number of Chinese employees assassinated in the midst of a seemingly ordinary day, and one man still alive. Stanton questions him in Chinese about what had happened and shoots him when he describes "them" as taking "the machine". Plantilla:I Plantilla:I As Reese and Stanton explore the site, they notice a list of 17 digit numbers with corresponding Chinese characters, but pay it little mind. Reese finds the laptop in a locker inside one of the offices that were raided, and slowly realizes that there is something odd about a raid that would do such extensive damage, yet leave the laptop behind. Reese puts the laptop in his bag and they leave the facility to wait for extraction.
Plantilla:I Later on, Stanton secretly puts the laptop into one of her bags and starts signaling the extraction team. Reese prepares to execute his orders to kill Stanton but backs off at the last moment when Stanton turns around and shoots him in the gut. Reese realises that they were told to kill each other so that everyone who came in contact with the site and the laptop would be dead. Seconds later, the CIA blows the place, destroying all evidence. ("Matsya Nyaya") Plantilla:I After the attack, the Laptop was taken by Greer, a mysterious Englishman who also saved Stanton after the attack. He meets her in a Chinese hospital and shows her the Laptop offering her answers to why her government was so eager to destroy the laptop and kill her in the process. ("Dead Reckoning")
Greer offers Kara to tell her the truth about who sold the laptop and initiated the Ordos mission if she started to work for him and his organization. ("Dead Reckoning")
Stanton breaks into a DOD facility and loads a virus onto the Internet on Greer's orders; in return, Greer tells her the name of the man who sold the laptop in the first place: Harold Finch. ("Dead Reckoning")
As Zero Day for the virus arrives, Reese and Shaw meet Greer in the Thornhill offices. Greer explains how Decima obtained the virus, and that it was someone named Harold Finch, who he has never seen, who sold the laptop to the Chinese. ("Zero Day")
- The Chinese citizen identification numbers on the list Reese finds in the facility are almost authentic. Only the last digit (which would make them legit) is missing.
- China doesn't issue separate SSNs, instead the citizen identification number on the resident identification card is being used. It is a string of 18 digits; the first 6 digits stand for the resident's location (address code), followed by the date of birth (8 digits) and an order code to distinguish people with the same address code and DOB (3 digits). The last digit is the checksum to confirm the validity of the card.
- The address codes of those numbers printed on the paper, however, don't exist.