Thursday, May 27, 2010

Scientist Infects Himself With a Computer Virus

This may be bizarre now, but computer viruses crossing over and effecting implanted devices could become a serious problem in the not to distant future.

"A scientist at the University of Reading has become the first human to be “infected” with a computer virus, as part of research into the potential risks associated with electronic devices implanted into humans.

Dr Mark Gasson, of the School of Systems Engineering, said the study had important implications for devices such as heart pacemakers and cochlear implants, which have now developed to the point where they could be attacked by computer viruses.

Dr Gasson deliberately introduced a computer virus into an electronic chip that had been implanted into his left hand last year, in order to study its effects.

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