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Researchers inject malware into DNA to hack a computer

The Next Web Friday, 11 August 2017
Researchers inject malware into DNA to hack a computerHackers have used all sorts of attack vectors to gain control of someone else’s computer, from USB drives to phishy emails. Now, researchers from the University of Washington predict that we might one day see viruses infect systems through DNA. It’s a far-fetched case, but still worth thinking about. The group of scientists who are looking into this at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering explain in its paper that it’s possible to bake malware into a genetic molecule and have it infect a system that’s used to analyze it. This method could be used to…

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Bio-hackers at the University of Washington have created a strand of DNA that can infect a computer with malware

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