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Digital virus that can spread through air created by UK scientists

Last Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 19:34

Zee Media Bureau

Sydney: In a significant breakthrough, a team of scientists in the UK have reportedly created a digital virus that can spread through the air like a biological disease.

The airborne virus codenamed `Chameleon` has been designed by the researchers at the University of Liverpool. The virus spreads as quickly as the common cold and works on Wi-Fi waves to spread from network to network.
Computer security expert Professor Alan Marshall said that it was earlier assumed that it wasn`t possible to develop a virus that could attack Wi-Fi networks, but they have successfully demonstrated that it was possible and that could spread quickly, news.com.au reports.

The report says that the `Chameleon` virus multiplies faster when it enters densely populated areas because there are more networks to feed off.

The virus` tendrils are particularly capable of infiltrating less well-protected networks, such as free hot spots at cafés and public places, added the report.
With Agency Inputs

First Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 19:34

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