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Norovirus Smartphone: Using Megapixels And Microfluidics To Fight The Other Kind Of Virus Infection | Hackaday
Most of the 685 million norovirus infections each year resolve after a few miserable days, but some require hospitalization and 200,000 of them result in death, mainly from dehydration and mainly children. An easy to use, cheap, and accurate means of detecting the virus in the field would be quite a boon to public health. And soon, smartphones may be able to do just that. To solve the problem of rapidly identifying norovirus in real-world conditions, a team at the University of Arizona has developed a unique microfluidics virus detection method. The idea is similar to the “sandwich” immunoassay used in the lab, but with a few twists.
hackaday  medical  sumi  diy  diagnostics  virus 
9 days ago by cyberchucktx
Beware the Apple iCloud phone phishing scam • Frequent Business Traveler
<p>Scammers have a new and improved way to fool people. A new phone-based phishing scam spoofing Apple’s official support number is likely to take a lot of people by surprise and result in those being called providing the scammers with sensitive information.

The call mimics an official Apple support call, displaying Apple’s logo, Cupertino address, and real toll-free number (800 692-7753). This is the same number, displayed as 800 MY-APPLE, when Apple customers request a call from the company.

Several FBT staffers have reported getting such calls in recent weeks. The calls are not identified by T-Mobile (the mobile operator used by our parent company, Accura) as “Scam Likely” even though it is clear that Apple’s number is being spoofed.

The automated message states that the recipient’s iCloud account “has been compromised” and that he should “stop going online.” The automated message then prompts the caller to dial a toll-free number with an 866 prefix for Apple support.

Typically, Apple’s automated system would prompt the caller to press “1” to be connected to Apple support.

I tried calling the 866 number, which was answered by a main greeting that told me I had reached Apple support and provided an expected wait time. The call was answered by a man with a vague Indian accent who, after asking the reason for my call, disconnected it.</p>

So much excess capacity in Indian call centres; seems like they've found a new version of their virus scam.
india  callcentre  virus  scam  icloud 
14 days ago by charlesarthur
Revealed: how a secret Dutch mole aided the U.S.-Israeli Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran • Yahoo News
Kim Zetter and Huib Modderkolk:
<p>For years, an enduring mystery has surrounded the Stuxnet virus attack that targeted Iran’s nuclear program: How did the US and Israel get their malware onto computer systems at the highly secured uranium-enrichment plant?

The first-of-its-kind virus, designed to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, effectively launched the era of digital warfare and was unleashed some time in 2007, after Iran began installing its first batch of centrifuges at a controversial enrichment plant near the village of Natanz.

The courier behind that intrusion, whose existence and role has not been previously reported, was an inside mole recruited by Dutch intelligence agents at the behest of the CIA and the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, according to sources who spoke with Yahoo News.

An Iranian engineer recruited by the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD provided critical data that helped the US developers target their code to the systems at Natanz, according to four intelligence sources. That mole then provided much-needed inside access when it came time to slip Stuxnet onto those systems using a USB flash drive.</p>

Why the Dutch, you ask? Because:
<p>the centrifuges at Natanz were based on designs stolen from a Dutch company in the 1970s by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. Khan stole the designs to build Pakistan’s nuclear program, then proceeded to market them to other countries, including Iran and Libya.</p>

I wonder if the Stuxnet story has been optioned for a film. It really should have been.
stuxnet  virus 
17 days ago by charlesarthur
Rachel MacGregor on Twitter: "Here's a blog post I wrote about my struggles bridging the gap between theory and practice with #digipres with particular reference to quarantine procedures thx to @beet_keeper @DavidUnderdown9 @critic
“Here's a blog post I wrote about my struggles bridging the gap between theory and practice with #digipres with particular reference to quarantine procedures thx to @beet_keeper @DavidUnderdown9 @criticalsenses”
digipres  virus 
24 days ago by anjackson
Kasper-Spy: Kaspersky Anti-Virus puts users at risk | c't Magazin
Kaspersky promises security and data protection. However, a data leak allowed third parties to spy on users while they were surfing the web. For years.
digipres  virus 
5 weeks ago by anjackson
Rachel MacGregor on Twitter: "Wearing my #DP0C #digipres USB pin badge today in honour of imaging my first new external deposit.… "
“Wearing my #DP0C #digipres USB pin badge today in honour of imaging my first new external deposit.”
digipres  virus 
5 weeks ago by anjackson
Ebola now curable after trials of drugs in DRC, say scientists • The Guardian
Sarah Boseley:
<p>Ebola can no longer be called an incurable disease, scientists have said, after two of four drugs being trialled in the major outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were found to have significantly reduced the death rate.

ZMapp, used during the massive Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, has been dropped along with Remdesivir after two monoclonal antibodies, which block the virus, had substantially more effect, said the World Health Organization and the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which was a co-sponsor of the trial.

The trial in the DRC, which started in November, has now been stopped. All Ebola treatment units will now use the two monoclonal antibody drugs.

“From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable,” said Prof Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the director general of the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale in DRC, which has overseen the trial. “These advances will help save thousands of lives.”</p>
ebola  virus 
5 weeks ago by charlesarthur

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