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Could humans be infected by computer viruses?
05-29-2010, 03:51 AM,
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Could humans be infected by computer viruses?
Could humans be infected by computer viruses?

May 28, 2010

(Reading University Press Release) — A scientist at the University of Reading has become the first person in the world to be infected by a computer virus.

Dr Mark Gasson, from the School of Systems Engineering, contaminated a computer chip which had been inserted into his hand as part of research into human enhancement and the potential risks of implantable devices.

These results could have huge implications for implantable computing technologies used medically to improve health, such as heart pacemakers and cochlear implants, and as new applications are found to enhance healthy humans.

Dr Gasson says that as the technology behind these implants develops, they become more vulnerable to computer viruses.

“Our research shows that implantable technology has developed to the point where implants are capable of communicating, storing and manipulating data,” he said. “They are essentially mini computers. This means that, like mainstream computers, they can be infected by viruses and the technology will need to keep pace with this so that implants, including medical devices, can be safely used in the future.”

Dr Gasson will present his results next month at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society in Australia, which he is also chairing.

A high-end Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip was implanted into Dr Gasson’s left hand last year. Less sophisticated RFID technology is used in shop security tags to prevent theft and to identify missing pets.

The chip has allowed him secure access to his University building and his mobile phone. It has also enabled him to be tracked and profiled. Once infected, the chip corrupted the main system used to communicate with it. Should other devices have been connected to the system, the virus would have been passed on.

Dr Gasson said: “By infecting my own implant with a computer virus we have demonstrated how advanced these technologies are becoming and also had a glimpse at the problems of tomorrow.

“Much like people with medical implants, after a year of having the implant, I very much feel that it is part of my body. While it is exciting to be the first person to become infected by a computer virus in this way, I found it a surprisingly violating experience because the implant is so intimately connected to me but the situation is potentially out of my control.

“I believe it is necessary to acknowledge that our next evolutionary step may well mean that we all become part machine as we look to enhance ourselves. Indeed we may find that there are significant social pressures to have implantable technologies, either because it becomes as much of a social norm as say mobile phones, or because we’ll be disadvantaged if we do not. However we must be mindful of the new threats this step brings.”

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05-29-2010, 06:33 AM,
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RE: Could humans be infected by computer viruses?
Ok this means the cell phone is also harmful. Isn't it? Its also a E-device which contains viruses, which might transfer to human then isn't it?
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05-29-2010, 07:22 AM,
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RE: Could humans be infected by computer viruses?
(05-29-2010, 06:33 AM)manikertamang Wrote: Ok this means the cell phone is also harmful. Isn't it? Its also a E-device which contains viruses, which might transfer to human then isn't it?

Ok so soon maybe you'll bother us not and be infected? Is money it that you need? It is go away time as people can easily read word choice reading humanity missing.
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05-29-2010, 09:59 AM,
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RE: Could humans be infected by computer viruses?
hermes, now your're a bot, too? what is going on??? :-D
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05-30-2010, 04:35 AM,
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RE: Could humans be infected by computer viruses?
As good as tech is it's only as smart as it's user and the steps they take to for see what can happen!

an interesting post and i'm sure some were waiting for me to chime in, i've been drinking since noon 10 hr lol so i may not be @ my best.... how ever since I am chipped and most here know i will say the scanners @ air ports are more worrisome to me then a virus. my chip is the simple one just a magnetic code a simple serial number never changing. this is what is read and so the virus would have to infect the main computer @ base rather then each chip to be affecting my chip.

but we are going farther to adding machine into man every day as this article points out what it doesn't mention is all the other cyborg like experimentation's that are going on now. one guy linked him and his old ladies central nervous system up to a comp and now they can feel each other's bodies what would a virus do to them.... virus for computers are something to be expected hell there r virus for 16 bit systems and now more and more what they bury in us if electronic is way more capable then an xt so....

no for me the chip is a key a piece of id if i'm old burned or otherwise or have to release myself from gov custody Icon_biggrin beyond that like chronic illnesses and the such i know they are certain death in the post Chaos world, as who will maintain them and if you need any medicine for rejection or syptic there will not be a source, so i hope knock on wood i can stay all natural and mine until well after.

but virus's that can be transferred infra red and through phone calls are a liability for some of the droid designs and i do keep somewhat versed in breaking news on such developments. but interesting stuff, wonder what the side effects were to the test subject in this article?
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