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  • Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan, WHO says

    November 11, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organisation said.

    Genetic sequencing shows the strain found in Syrian children...

  • Zombies solved the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    July 15, 2013 | 3:15 pm

    Recently, I went to see “World War Z,” a typical Hollywood blockbuster with a fairly typical theme — zombies. Now, a quick note to all you non-film buffs out there: Zombie films are never about zombies; they are about the societal pressures of the day. The basic premise of the film...

  • Snowden says U.S., Israel created Stuxnet virus

    July 8, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    Whistleblower Edward Snowden told a German magazine that Israel and the United States created the Stuxnet computer virus that destroyed nuclear centrifuges in Iran. 

    Snowden made the statement as part of an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel in which he...

  • A New Hope for Hepatitis C Infection

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 29, 2013 | 11:52 am

    Hepatitis C is a viral infection that is usually spread through contact with infected blood. Prior to 1992, when testing of donated blood and organs became commonplace, many people were infected through blood transfusion and organ transplants. Now the most common method of...

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  • Researchers say Stuxnet was deployed against Iran in 2007

    February 26, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Researchers at Symantec Corp. have uncovered a version of the Stuxnet computer virus that was used to attack Iran's nuclear program in November 2007, two years earlier than previously thought.

    Planning for the cyber weapon, the first publicly known example of a virus being used...

  • Tens of millions of hackers target Israel government Web sites

    November 18, 2012 | 9:24 am

    More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday.

    Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to...

  • PRO PROP 37: Should genetically engineered foods be labeled?

    October 3, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    [Read the con argument here]

    Did you know that you have been enrolled in the largest research study ever conducted in the United States, but you never signed a consent form or agreed to participate? That’s because since 1996, you — and basically everyone you know — have been...

  • Ninth hantavirus case linked to Yosemite

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    September 14, 2012 | 11:59 am

    In 1993 in the Four Corners region of the US Southwest a woman developed a cough and progressive shortness of breath and died shortly thereafter. A few days later, her fiancée, a young physically fit man developed similar symptoms was rushed to a hospital and also died. A series of...

  • West Nile Virus Cases at Eight Year High

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    It’s summertime! Summer is the perfect time for swimsuits, outdoor grilling, throwing Frisbees, and contracting dangerous untreatable viral infections.

    West Nile is a virus that is transmitted by mosquito bites. Four out of five people infected with West Nile Virus have no...

  • Iran denies report of AC/DC song playing from computers at nuclear site

    August 2, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Iran denied a report that some computers at the country’s nuclear facilities were hit with a virus that shut them down and played the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full blast.

    The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization chief, Fereidoun Abbasi, called the report...

  • Virus gives Iran’s nuclear facilities a blast of AC/DC

    July 25, 2012 | 10:23 am

    A virus reportedly caused a heavy metal song to play from computers at two of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    According to the Times of Israel, computers at the Nantaz and Fordo facilities blasted the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck” at full volume in the middle of the night last weekend....

  • U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus, according to anonymous Western officials

    June 19, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    The United States and Israel jointly developed the Flame computer virus that collected intelligence to help slow Iran’s nuclear program, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous Western officials.

    The so-called Flame malware aimed to map Iran’s computer networks and...

  • Americans, Israelis jointly developed computer virus

    June 1, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The National Security Agency and a secret Israeli military unit jointly developed a complex computer worm that attacked equipment in Iranian nuclear installations.

    The cooperation—which began in the Bush administration and was accelerated by the Obama White House—may have been part...

  • Flame computer bug may have been released by Israel, minister says

    May 29, 2012 | 9:17 am

    A computer virus attacking computers in Iran and the West Bank may have been created with Israeli involvement, a government minister hinted.

    Israeli vice prime minister Moshe Ya’alon said in an interview Tuesday on Israel Radio that “Anyone who sees the Iranian threat as a...

  • Experts say Iran has ‘neutralized’ Stuxnet virus

    February 14, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    Iranian engineers have succeeded in neutralizing and purging the computer virus known as Stuxnet from their country’s nuclear machinery, European and U.S. officials and private experts have told Reuters.

    The malicious code, whose precise origin and authorship remain unconfirmed,...

  • Hackers strike Israel again

    February 2, 2012 | 11:04 am

    An international group of pro-Palestinian hackers said they leaked the credit card details of thousands of Israelis in an escalation of cyber attacks on Israeli targets.

    The group, called OpFreePalestine, claimed to have published online Thursday the details of 26,000 Israeli credit...

  • Israel concerned it may be under cyber attack

    January 6, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Israeli officials said on Friday they were concerned the country may be under cyber attack after a wave of credit card code thefts in the past week by a hacker who claims to be operating out of Saudi Arabia.

    Credit card company officials said 14,000 numbers had been posted on line...

  • New computer virus detected in Iran

    November 14, 2011 | 10:36 am

    A computer virus similar to the Stuxnet virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear program last year has been detected in Iran.

    Iran said Sunday that it had found the Duqu computer virus in some Islamic Republic computer systems, but that it has been contained and neutralized, the head of...

  • Palestinians say hackers hit Internet services

    November 1, 2011 | 11:32 am

    Hackers disrupted Palestinian Internet services in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the Palestinian telecoms minister said, alleging that a foreign government was behind the interference.

    “All Palestinian IP addresses have been exposed to a focused, organised attack from...

  • New Stuxnet-like computer virus discovered

    October 19, 2011 | 11:42 am

    A computer virus similar to the Stuxnet virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear program has been identified.

    Duqu, with a malicious code similar to Stuxnet, was discovered on computer systems in Europe, the computer security firm Symantec said in a report issued Tuesday.

    “Parts of Duqu...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Contagion’ Review

    September 9, 2011 | 9:23 pm

    An international traveler reaches into the snack bowl at an airport bar before passing her credit card to a waiter. A business meeting begins with a round of handshakes. A man coughs on a crowded bus.

    One contact. One instant. And a lethal virus is transmitted.

    Great premise. Great...

  • With Stuxnet delaying Iran’s bomb, is the urgency gone?

    January 18, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    In the wake of revelations that a computer virus may have set back Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the Western groups and analysts that track the Islamic Republic are saying “More of the same, please.”

    The benefits of a nonviolent program that inhibits Iranian hegemony by...

  • Buy your cute and cuddly diseases now, before they sell out!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 26, 2010 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe its just me, but what’s wrong with this picture?  There is a Medical company in Connecticut that started selling stuffed plush microbes, bacteria and viruses.  Yes, I said bacteria and viruses.  The plush toys are exact replicas of what a real microbe looks like.  There is a...

  • Israeli military officer cadets contract swine flu

    December 16, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    Some 35 cadets in a military officer’s course in Israel’s South were diagnosed with the swine flu.

    The soldiers, who were diagnosed Thursday, were described as having mild cases, according to reports. None of the soldiers required hospitalization.

    The army is continuing to inoculate soldiers against the flu.

    Israel suffered its first swine flu death, a 33-year-old Palestinian from eastern Jerusalem, last week.

  • Local Jewish Camps Face Down Swine Flu

    June 30, 2009 | 6:39 pm

    More than 40 campers and counselors from Jewish summer camps in Southern California have been sent home with flu-like symptoms. As of June 29, there have been several cases of Influenza A, which are currently being tested by the California Health Department to determine if they are...

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