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Researchers hack computers with DNA

The next cybersecurity threat could come from DNA. This is no sci-fi fantasy, but the findings of new research presented yesterday at the 26th USENIX Security Symposium in Vancouver, Canada, Wired reports. For the first time, researchers have shown that it’s possible to encode malware in DNA and take control of a sequencing machine as it sequences the DNA strands. Although the average hacker wouldn’t be able to launch such an attack, DNA-encoded cyberthreats might become more likely as sequencing becomes cheaper and more popular, the scientists say.

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