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Meet 'rakshasa,' The Malware Infection Designed To Be ­ndetectable And Incurable

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Rakshasa Hindu demon

Sculpture of a Rakshasa, the Hindu demon from which Jonathan Brossard's malware experiment takes its name.

Malicious software, like all software, gets smarter all the time. In recent years it’s learned to destroy physical infrastructure, install itself through Microsoft updates, and use human beings as physical "data mules," for instance. But researcher Jonathan Brossard has innovated a uniquely nasty coding trick: A strain of malware that's nearly impossible to disinfect.

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