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05 May 2006 @ 10:13 am
It is the end of the world as we know it? .... But I am still fine  
In the 1980's the first computer viruses and worms have been written.
The morris worm, which was launched on November 2 1988, was one of the most famous.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_worm

At this time some programmers just played around with computers and those first worms where more the result of intellectual curiousness than bad will.

Today students play around with Genetic synthesizers some universities create viruses for scientific purposes.

A research center in Australia even created a killer virus that just infects rodents.
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,41251,00.html
Creating a killer virus was even not intended by them.
The papers of the Australian scientists are quite interesting because they are almost a howto for making a killer virus.

And genetic synthesizers are available for around 8000 $ good ones for around 40000 $.



There is quite some danger that someone puts a reproduction sequence into a virus that is capable of infecting human cells ......

I guess i don't have to explain to what that could lead ....

The danger is not huge but there. Sects, end time cults, or terrorists could easily use that technology, too.

At the moment it may be difficult for those organizations to get their hands on the knowledge but in the future it will become quite easy.
With the right equipment it is just take the genome of a virus combine it with new genes synthesize the new genome put it into a vector infect some human cells and have billions of viruses in one hour.

Some US politicians even think about making a law that forces everyone to registrate their synthesizers. What do you think about it?
 
 
 
He Who Doessrattus on May 5th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
livejournal running low on haxxor usernames?
23haxor2323haxor23 on May 5th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
Yes LOL

I even don't know myself why i have chosen a haxor name.