It’s been over a year-and-a-half since documents leaked by Edward Snowden shook our sense of privacy to the core . Those documents proved that government is spying on us pretty much all the time. And now that we know Congress isn’t going to do anything about it right away, it’s time to find the tools [...]
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Should scientists be allowed to create mutant viruses deadlier than natural ones? The White House waded into this controversy today with a surprising announcement to cut all funding to such studies, pending a thorough review of this risky research. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source
Cryptolocker is a nasty piece of malware that encrypts the files on your computer and holds them ransom. If you don’t pay for a code to unlock the files, you don’t get them back. FireEye and Fox-IT recently launched a tool to help users get their files back. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source
Today, scientists report the discovery of an incredibly common new virus that lives inside human gut bacteria. It’s called crAssphage (more on the name later!), and it’s about six times more abundant than all other known bacterial viruses put together. How did we miss it for so long? Read more… Continue Reading from the Source
A good antivirus tool doesn’t have to cost a ton of money, and it doesn’t have to drag your system down either. Last week we asked you for the best , then looked at the five best desktop antivirus applications . Now we’re back to crown the crowd favorite. Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]
Pacemakers are—even at their tiniest —intrusive bits of metal wired into the heart. But now scientists have come up with something completely different: a "biological pacemaker" in a pig made by reprogramming the heart’s own cells with a modified virus carrying a specific gene. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source
Good browsing hygiene and "common sense" only get you so far on the internet. A good antivirus utility is worth keeping in your pocket in case either of those two things fail you (as they have been known to in the past) or someone less tech-savvy asks you for a good tool. This week we’re [...]
If you’re going to stay safe out there on the internet, a good, reliable antivirus utility is a great tool to have in your back pocket. This week, we want to hear from you which ones you trust to keep threats at bay without bringing your machine to its knees. Read more… Continue Reading from [...]
Take an already deadly flu virus like H1N1—killer of an estimated 284,000 people—and imagine how to make it worse. How about a virus impossible for your immune system to detect? This is not just a thought experiment—a controversial Wisconsin lab known for concocting dangerous mutant viruses has actually created such an immune-evading H1N1 virus . [...]
In the Soviet Union, western antibiotics couldn’t make it past the Iron Curtain. So Eastern Bloc doctors figured out how to use viruses to kill infectious bacteria. Now, with antibiotic-resistant bugs vexing doctors, that eerie yet effective method might come our way. In post-antibiotic world, infection cures you! Read more… Continue Reading from the Source
Stacy Erholtz didn’t have many options to treat her blood cancer left when she agreed to being injected with the equivalent of 10 million doses of measles vaccine. Hours later, she was vomiting and feverish. Months later, her cancer was gone. This landmark result—if replicated in larger clinical trials—could open the door to new therapy [...]
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 suggesting new [...]
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 lasers? This really is the [...]
Ian Lipkin, world-renowned virus hunter, is often jetting off to far-flung countries—countries in the middle of strange epidemics, that is. From SARS in China to MERS in Saudi Arabia, his lab has discovered or characterized over 500 viruses previously mysterious to humans. But what’s it like working on the frontlines of an epidemic? How do you identify a virus you can’t even see? Gizmodo got in touch with Lipkin to ask some questions about the life of a virus hunter.
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 for a latte and a little internet surfing, and you leave…
Windows: The built-in Windows Task Manager is better than ever in Windows 8, but it still doesn’t give you a lot of information about running processes. CrowdInspect is a portable utility that provides more detail about processes and also checks them a…
If you’ve been looking for some truly original wrapping paper this year, swap snowflakes, stars, and stripes for pneumonia, influenza, and the common cold. It turns out that under a microscope those viruses are hard to distinguish from festive decor, a…
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 speake…
A team of computer scientists has developed a new breed of malware, which can leap between devices using inaudible audio signals—then covertly transmit passwords and other sensitive data without a network connection.
Everybody hates malware. It’s scary—all your personal information could be exposed! It’s annoying—all your data could disappear! It’s confusing—none of your friends really know how it works! This is why fake malware is the best new way to play hooky.