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Will Smallpox Reemerge In Siberia As Corpses Thaw From Climate Change?

In an article primarily about the potential folly of holding onto stockpiles of smallpox virus for research purposes — a now-eradicated plague that humans no longer have natural immunity to and that would very likely cause a worldwide catastrophe should it escape from the lab — the BBC includes one awesomely horrible detail. Could the frozen bodies of smallpox victims in Siberia, now thawing because of climate change, re-release the virus into the environment and thus start a global pandemic?


It's Easy To Seem Popular When A Virus Gives You Instagram Followers

There are always those greedy people who would wish for more wishes from a genie. They’re what’s wrong with this whole internet fairy tale. And now they’re using malware developed for pilfering credit card numbers to give out likes and followers on Instagram. For a price, of course.


A 4-Year-Old Android Bug Could Bring Malware To 99% Of Devices

A team of security researchers claim to have identified a four-year-old Android bug that can allow malicious trojans to appear as verified apps, infecting devices with malware while users remain unaware of its presence.


Kaspersky Bug Can Freeze Your PC

Uh-oh. A remote exploit bug in Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 can cause your PC to lock up entirely. I thought the point of modern malware was that you weren’t going to notice it was there?


Google Flags Twitpic As A Malware Distributor

I really like Chrome. I like it for a lot of reasons, and one of them is because it warns you when a site has been flagged as a malware distributor. Sometimes, though, these warnings seem a little out of place. Twitpic — one of the most popular Twitter image hosting sites on the web — has just been flagged by Google as distributing internet nasties, and Twitpic is pretty mad.


Is There Anyone Stupid Enough To Believe That This HDMI Cable Has Anti-Virus Protection?

This “Xbox 360 Elite HDMI cable” should be just like any other HDMI cable in the planet, right? Wrong! According to the box, it’s a “100 per cent Mylar” double shield 1.3c grade cable with anti-virus protection to reduce virus noises and to obtain perfect image transmission”. Yes, really.


Facebook Wants To Keep You Virus-Free

Facebook may be a little lax when it comes to privacy, but it seems to be doubling down on security. The site is now directing users who think their computer might be infected with malware to sites where they can get free antivirus software.


Scientists May Have Possible Cure For Ebola

Ebola is an incredibly aggressive virus that kills 90 per cent of people it infects, and it is often feared that its use as a biological weapon could wipe out millions of people — because it has no known cure. Now, though, scientists are one step closer to finding a solution, because they can now successfully cure monkeys which contract the virus.


In Depth: The Weird Fungus Living In Your Gut

The big, weird world of creatures inside you may be even bigger and weirder than anybody thought.


Whoever Wrote The Duqu Trojan's Framework Wrote It In An Unknown Programming Language

The Duqu Trojan is one nasty piece of code, rivaled in sophistication only by its relative, the Stuxnet Worm. A new analysis of the Trojan, however, has revealed just how advanced it really is.