Scientist With Implanted RFID Chip Gets Computer Virus
[Editor's Note: Dramatic headline, but it's rather misleading. In reading the story, you discover that the UK scientist, Dr Mark Gasson, intentionally infected his RFID chip with the computer virus as an "experiment." Maybe the experiment was intended to use Sky News as a publicty vehicle to draw attention to his university research and perhaps justify continued or expanded funding of his work, or perhaps it's a major concern for the dozen or so people around the world who are actually stupid enough to want to implant an RFID chip in their hand. It's a 2009 story anyway. Why re-cycle it?...Ken Adachi].
January 15, 2013
"A British scientist has become the first human to be infected with a computer virus. Dr Mark Gasson, a cybernetics expert at the University of Reading, has had a computer chip implanted in his hand. The chip is pro- grammed to open security doors to his lab - and ensure only he is able to switch on and use his mobile phone. But Dr Gasson deliberately infected the chip with a computer virus, which was then automatically transmitted to affect to the lab security system. 'Once the system is infected, anybody accessing the building with their passcard would be infected too,' he told Sky News...Dr Gasson says his experiment also exposes the vulnerability of chips now routinely implanted in patients. "
"Heart pacemakers contain mini-computers that control the heartbeat, and communicate with doctors via a special reader held against the skin. But if a virus was transmitted to the device which stopped it working properly, the consequences for the patient could be fatal. 'The devices will have to start to use security encryption,' said Dr Gasson. 'Medical devices should have some kind of password protection as well. They're basic security precautions. It's surprising these devices don't have them already.'"
This video is two years old, hopefully, software encryption has or will shortly become standard. It's food for thought!