10 Aug '17, 7pm

@evacide Here's some more technical details about the DNA malware hack:

Researchers at the University of Washington have shown that changing a little bit of computer code in DNA sequencing software can make a computer vulnerable to malware embedded in a strand of DNA. In a related analysis, the group evaluated the security of 13 software programs commonly used for DNA analysis, and found 11 times as many vulnerabilities as are present in other types of software. Lee Organick , a doctoral student at the University of Washington with a background in synthetic biology , says she hopes their results raise awareness among bioinformatics researchers about the poor security of this software [PDF]. To demonstrate how a strand of DNA can be used to wield an attack, Organick and her collaborators exploited a key step in DNA sequencing, when a sequencing machine translates the four types of nucleotides in a DNA strand (represented as A, C, G, T) to binar...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/computing/software/...

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spectrum.ieee.org 10 Aug '17, 5pm

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New Security Worry: DNA-borne Malware - EE Times

New Security Worry: DNA-borne Malware - EE Times

eetimes.com 16 Aug '17, 5am

Kohno emphasized that there are no known cases of hackers’ actually synthesizing malware DNA — yet. As the practice of seq...