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Russia's Interference; and Science Fiction Becomes Reality

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

Ukrainian Malware Expert as Link to Russian Electoral Interference. 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.

Science or Science Fiction? 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 malware coded 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."