Friday, 11 August 2017

You can hack gene sequencers by hiding malware in DNA

This is seriously cool.

Today at the Usenix Security conference, a group of University of Washington researchers will present a paper showing how they wrote a piece of malware that attacks common gene-sequencing devices and encoded it into a strand of DNA: gene sequencers that read the malware are corrupted by it, giving control to the attackers.
I sometimes forget that we're living in the 21st century. 

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