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Russia's Interference; and Science Fiction Becomes Reality

By Paul Rosenzweig
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 9:39 AM

.  This front page article from the New York Times continues the slow public exposure of evidence linking Russia to electoral interference.  A must read for anyone concerned with electoral security.

?  Wow.  Just Wow.  "In what reads like science fiction becoming reality, researchers at the University of Washington have been able to successfully infect a computer with into a strand of DNA. In order to see if a computer could be compromised in that way, the team included a known security vulnerability in a DNA-processing program before creating a synthetic DNA strand with the malicious code embedded. A computer then analyzed the “infected” strand, and as a result of the malware in the DNA, the researchers were able to remotely exploit the computer."