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Laptop filled with viruses including 'ILOVEYOU' sells for over $1.3 million

May 29, 2019 - 11:22 AM

The laptop also includes 'Sobig' (2003), 'MyDoom' (2004), 'DarkTequila' (2013), 'BlackEnergy' (2015), and the most notorious of all, the 'WannaCry' (2017)

Photo from The Persistence of Chaos website

Monster X-ray laser offers glimpse into nano-world

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The huge laser is like a camera and a microscope that will make it possible to see more tiny details and processes in the nano world than ever before

WORLD'S LARGEST. A handout picture taken on August 30, 2017 by the European XFEL shows part of the system of the European XFEL X-ray Free Electron laser at the XFEL facility near Hamburg, northern Germany. AFP PHOTO/European XFEL/Heiner MULLER-ELSNER

711 million email addresses exposed in 'Onliner' spambot scheme

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The spambot can bypass spam filters with the end goal of delivering a data stealing virus to victims Find out how it works here

U.S. takedown of huge botnet will lead to temporary spam decline

Apr 12, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Experts predict that the decline will be significant but expect it to rise again after some months

Singapore reports 41 locally transmitted Zika cases

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED Out of the infected 36 are foreign laborers working at a construction site

(FILES) This photograph taken in Singapore on April 5, 2016 shows a worker fumigating an area against mosquitoes which carry the dengue virus at a residential estate.  Singapore on August 28, 2016 reported 40 more cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infections, most of them foreign workers at a construction site. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Malware, phishing, cybersecurity: terms you need to know

Apr 23, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Understanding the terms often associated with hackers and cybersecurity may come in handy against cybercrimes

How to protect your computer vs cyberattacks

Apr 23, 2016 - 8:29 AM

The Commission on Elections data leak highlights the urgency of protecting your own system from hackers

WHO sounds Zika blood warning as Europe sees first pregnancy case

Feb 05, 2016 - 8:16 AM

The mosquito borne virus spreads to 26 countries in South and Central America and the Caribbean and health authorities warn it could infect up to 4 million people on the continent and spread worldwide

VIRUS TESTING. An undated handout picture made available by Euroimmun on 04 February 2016 shows packages of testing kits at the firm Euroimmun AG in Luebeck, Germany. Photo by Dr. Erik Lattwein/ Euroimmun AG/EPA

British Ebola nurse now 'critically ill'

Oct 14, 2015 - 9:07 PM

Pauline Cafferky is being treated for Ebola in the high level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital

EBOLA PATIENT. Scottish health worker Pauline Cafferky is treated several months ago for Ebola. File photo by AFP

Frankenvirus emerges from Siberia's frozen wasteland

Sep 13, 2015 - 4:09 PM

Scientists warn climate change may awaken dangerous microscopic pathogens

'FRANKENVIRUS' A handout photo provided on September 7, 2015 by the IGS-CNRS and Aix-Marseille University School of Medicine shows cells of the Mollivirus sibericum. The virus buried deep in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years, is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as 'giant viruses.' AFP PHOTO / Genomic Information Laboratory Director and structural Marseille / CNRS / Aix-Marseille University School of Medicine   = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Genomic Information Laboratory Director and structural Marseille / CNRS / Aix-Marseille University School of Medicine" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS =

Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

Jul 24, 2015 - 11:52 PM

The vaccine has yet to pass a final World Health Organization WHO hurdle and may not become available before 2017

Britain launching global superbug fight

Jul 03, 2014 - 6:47 AM

Britain is to lead a global effort to combat antibiotic resistant superbugs that threaten to knock medicine back into the dark ages

AFP file photo

Unusual new penguin flu found in Antarctica

May 06, 2014 - 3:24 PM

It remains unclear however whether the deadliest types could make it to Antarctica too and which animals or ecosystems allow the virus to survive

PENGUIN FLU. Scientists in Australia trace a new strain of bird flu to Adelie penguins in Antartica. Photo from Shutterstock

FAST FACTS: The MERS Coronavirus

Apr 27, 2014 - 2:03 PM

The WHO reports that about 36% of all cases of MERS – which has already reached at least 25 countries – resulted in death

Giant, 30,000-year-old virus from permafrost is reborn

Mar 04, 2014 - 7:46 AM

Wakening the long dormant virus serves as a warning that unknown pathogens entombed in frozen soil may be roused by global warming

REVIVED FROM ICE. An ultrathin section of a Pithovirus particle in an infected Acanthamoeba castellanii cell observed by transmission electron microscopy. Image enhanced using the "plastic packaging" filter in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Image courtesy Julia Bartoli and Chantal Abergel/IGS and CNRS-AMU

First possible H7N9 human-to-human transfer reported

Aug 07, 2013 - 7:38 AM

Development worrying should be closely watched; researchers stress the virus believed to jump from birds to people is still inadept at spreading among humans

ON ALERT. A woman wears a face mask as she walks past a poster showing how to avoid the H7N9 avian influenza virus, by a road in Beijing on April 24, 2013. Photo by AFP / Wang Zhao

Rabies outbreak jumps species in Taiwan

Jul 31, 2013 - 10:28 PM

Taiwan health authorities have been battling to contain a rabies outbreak among so called ferret badgers with at least 18 cases confirmed so far

FIRST AID. Fire Department ambulance staff help a local resident who was bitten by her own pet cat while getting the rabies vaccine in New Taipei City on July 30, 2013. Photo by AFP / Mandy Cheng

WHO holds off raising MERS alert level as Muslim hajj looms

Jul 18, 2013 - 9:42 AM

In a statement following a session of the UN health agency s emergency committee the WHO said there was currently no reason to step up its level of alert

Muslim pilgrims walk around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque of the holy city of Mecca on October 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE

WHO calls for calm amid France virus scare

May 14, 2013 - 9:06 AM

The coronavirus is a cousin of the virus that causes SARS

KEEP CALM. The World Health Organization calls for calm amid fears of a new virus.

Second case of deadly SARS-like virus in France

May 12, 2013 - 10:27 AM

The latest victim of nCoV EMC in France now shares a hospital room with the first victim

SECOND CASE. France reports second citim of SARS-like virus.

DOH ramps up monitoring vs mystery illness from Cambodia

Jul 09, 2012 - 3:56 PM

Increased monitoring against the mystery illness affecting children in Cambodia are being put in place to prevent it from entering the Philippines