Posts Tagged ‘Research’

Virus Injected Into DNA and Used to Hack a Computer

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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Researchers have successfully proven that viruses can be weaponized to infect computers and take them over. And if that’s not the premise of a dystopian sci-fi novel, I don’t know what is.

The University of Washington recently baked malware into a genetic molecule and then infected a system analyzing it. If it sounds like DNA data storage, you’re right; the premise is a natural expansion.

If you can put good code on DNA, then naturally you can put bad code on it – and any system that reads it is going to be at risk of infection. Which begs the question – since scientists have just learned to store data on atoms, will there one day be atomic-level malware?

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IBM Stores Data on a Single Atom – But Is It Too Late?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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IBM researchers have discovered a way to store one bit of data on a single atom, the company has announced.

This momentous achievement—storing data on the universe’s essential building blocks—could be the first step towards the end game of data storage.

And for IBM, the question of if they can put this to practice is an existential one. The company has reported 19 consecutive quarters of declining revenue.

This revolutionary discovery may not just be a big break for IBM, but perhaps their last chance to turn things around.

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