All The Reasons Why You Need To Purify Drinking Water

You know you need to filter, treat or boil water you find in the wilderness. But why? Well, there’s a number of answers, starting with words like E. Coli, Hepatitis A, Giardia and Cryptosporidiosis.

Meet Regin, Super Spyware That's Been Attacking Computers For Years

In case you needed more affirmation that the internet is not a safe place, Symantec published a report today detailing a sophisticated form of spyware known as Regin.

Scientist Creates New Flu Virus That Can Kill All Of Humanity

Working at a lab with a relatively low level-two biosafety rating, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka has created a strain of flu that can completely escape the human immune system. The new genetically-engineered virus is based on H1N1, which killed around 500,000 people just five years ago.

Mathematician Explains How A Zombie Virus Would Spread Around The World

A mathematician from Morgan Freeman’s show Through The Wormhole shows how fast an hypothetical zombie virus could spread around the world. The epidemic would be inevitable and cities would be overrun in weeks. If you don’t feel that’s worrying wait until you hear it from Freeman’s epic voice.

Animation Explains How Viruses Attack Our Cells To Make Us Sick

Staying healthy is a lot like medieval warfare. Cells vs viruses. There are cells defending their castles and viruses trying to break through. If a sneaky virus manages to attack a cell, the cell fights it and notifies all the other castles about what to build to defend it.

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.