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Scientists hack computers with malware-laced DNA

Aug 14, 2017, 9:20 AM EDT
(Source: Global Panorama/flickr)
(Source: Global Panorama/flickr)

Scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle have created the world’s first biological malware, which is a malicious software encoded into a strand of DNA that can hack a computer system and take over its entire functioning.

Although the scientists admit that currently this DNA-based exploit is too difficult for hackers to pull off but one day the method could be used, say with faked blood or spit samples, for information theft or infecting genome files, notes MIT Technology Review.

The new malware, to be revealed next week at the Usenix Security Symposium in Vancouver, alarms people of possible molecular and electronic interactions, which have not been thought of until now, writes Mail Online.

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