A Rare Genetic Mutation in These Siblings Makes Them Immune to Viruses

Viruses are incompetent but smart little things. Unable to make proteins on their own, they hijack ours for their own nefarious purposes. But what if we gave the viruses broken proteins? An incredibly rare genetic disorder in a brother and sister pair does exactly that, making them immune to many classes of viruses—and … » 4/15/14 4:40pm 4/15/14 4:40pm

Military Future-Lasers Could Help Detect Bombs and the Flu

DARPA is investigating handheld UV laser devices to help soldiers detect biological and chemical weapons from a safe distance. But when they master that technology, it won't just be used on the battlefield; it could also help public health workers detect and track outbreaks of communicable diseases. Fighting flu with… » 3/21/14 2:20pm 3/21/14 2:20pm

A Contagious Computer Virus That Spreads via Wi-Fi

It's sort of your worst nightmare: a computer virus as contagious as the common cold that avoids detection and infects every computer on a given wi-fi network. You just pop into your local coffee shop for a latte and a little internet surfing, and you leave with a virus. This is scary! » 2/26/14 12:40pm 2/26/14 12:40pm

Don't Freak Out About Ultrasonic Malware (Yet)

The Internet's been abuzz lately with news that computer scientists have found a way to transmit malware using ultrasonic audio signals. If true, this means that you'd never be safe from the hackers, as long as your computer has a microphone and speakers. But don't freak out just yet. » 12/05/13 12:40pm 12/05/13 12:40pm

Did a USB Stick Infect a Russian Nuclear Plant with Stuxnet?

There's a common misconception that you need to be connected to the internet to get infected with malware. Well, that's not true and, according to renowned cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky, the folks at a nuclear power plant in Russia learned this the hard way. » 11/11/13 2:03pm 11/11/13 2:03pm

No, Malware Can't Infect Your Computer Over the Air

It's enough of a nightmare to have malware of any sort, but the more persistent the stuff is, the scarier it gets. That's why the rumors of badBIOS, a bug so bad that it can affect Macs and PCs and communicate itself wirelessly while the infected computers are being taken apart is terrifying. But maybe not entirely… » 11/04/13 9:47am 11/04/13 9:47am

Meet the Symbiote: The Ironclad, Adaptable Future of Antivirus…

Ang Cui has a lot of power. With enough time he can take control of pretty much any networked device. He could watch you through your iSight or track the Netflix on your smart TV. But he has bigger fish to fry, so your Catfish marathons are safe for now. From him, at least. » 2/26/13 9:41am 2/26/13 9:41am

Google Chrome Is Blocking a Bunch of Major Sites for Malware, Even…

If you were just cruising around the web today and got hit smack in the face with a Google Chrome malware error, you weren't the only one. A whole number of sites from such as imgur, DeviantArt, The San Francisco Chronicle, and YouTube were blocked for many users citing malware from us.bernerverein.ch. » 2/09/13 6:44pm 2/09/13 6:44pm

Terrifying Android Malware Hacks Your PC and then Eavesdrops On You…

It's one thing when malware attacks your phone, but it's another when that same malware hops over to your PC and then uses it to listen in on all your conversations on top of just messing with your phone. A newly discovered Android app—one that's in the Google Play store—can do just that. Beware. » 2/03/13 5:54pm 2/03/13 5:54pm

Scientists Restart Work on Deadly Engineered Avian Flu

In January 2012 scientists around the world halted research on engineered avian flu viruses over concerns that the work was too dangerous. Now, those scientists are taking to labs once more to continue their work. » 1/24/13 6:24am 1/24/13 6:24am