@LoganDice Are we sure this is not the plot of a CSI episode?
Like.... what is happening here, is it a strange buffer overflow or something?
😂I want to see a hack thru face recognition. It would be hilarious if somebody crashes the airport with his face.
@LoganDice just to add, there are poisons that are made by combining to benign substances. Maybe somebody can make a computer viruse that works the same way using somebody's face as an ingredient.
@LoganDice The researchers on this project modified the source code of the program they were actually attacking though. Yes they did find some vulnerabilities in other DNA sequencing software, but when you read the full details this doesn't sound that scary.
@LoganDice In a way, it's logical, from the analyzing program's point of view, the DNA only ever is input data, but still… wow.
@LoganDice That's just sensationalist nonsense. Obviously, even if the gene sequencers were developed by people stupid enough not to have anticipated this, it's a simple software/firmware update to make it impossible.
Essentially, they're simply describing the equivalent of adding a partially quoted SQL command to a form field to mess with a web server's database.
These days, all important web servers escape data in a way that makes this impossible.
@LoganDice If that's an article based on the paper I remember reading eons ago: it's 20 levels of theoretical, and barely even qualified as a proof of concept…
@LoganDice imagine something like that targeting 23andMe and shopping genetic sequences for clients. They require you to use a "real" name when you use the service too...
@LoganDice This sounds very much like something that would happen in Orphan Black, the best sci-fi thriller series for learning about genetics and what evil uses DNA can be put to.
@emi cyberpunk criminal whose DNA is encoded with malware that hacks the CSI computers that try to analyze it
@fariparedes getting an ~SQL Injection~ full of viruses that slip a database-wiping script into your blood cells
just in case you get shot on a run
@LoganDice As a bioinformatician, I see these sequences everyday. I think it‘s still much easier to hack the target machine directly than to smuggle in synthetic DNA into the library.
@LoganDice Sounds like a great tool for wrecking proprietary DNA databases that use our collective genetic info for a variety of benign and nefarious purposes!
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