May 27, 2010

Scientist Infects Himself With a Computer Virus

The University of Reading’s Dr. Mark Gasson has an unusual distinction: he’s the first human to become infected with a computer virus. After corrupting a small electronic chip with the malware, the British scientist inserted the device into his hand and was able to pass on the virus to external systems.

The chip itself uses a technology called RFID to send information back and forth. It allows Dr. Gasson to gain access through security doors and activate his cell phone — all of which still sounds odd and futuristic enough though the technology has been used for applications as mundane as paying for drinks in upscale nightclubs already for years.

The whole concept is admittedly a bit of a stunt, but it does address some of the issues we will start to face as implantable electronics become more prevalent and mainstream. When you’re talking about putting a chip inside your body, “blue screen of death” takes on a whole new meaning, as do the potential consequences of hacking and malicious security breaches.

Dr. Gasson himself admits the self-infection is mostly “proof of principle” but warns about the implications of implantable electronics particularly in the realm of medical devices. The fear that hackers could go after your pacemaker isn’t exactly new either, but the risks remain and grow perhaps even more severe as medical implant technology becomes ever more sophisticated.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think of Dr. Gasson’s “infection”: fear-mongering or important warning as we move ever closer to the age of mainstream cybernetics?

Source – Mashable


  1. this would make it so easy to breach security aside from its effect on medical implants.
    new threats each day…pretty soon life would be rally like I.Robot.

  2. This is overwhelming to say the least….no rocket science but still ….are we kinda moving too fast?

  3. vishalgaba

    @Lazy – Im sure…the day you are talking about is pretty near…

    @Nitin – Don’t think we are moving too fast…this is just the right time to ensure we take the right steps in the right direction

  4. Rohan

    This is unbelievable man…amazing stuff…!

  5. WTF! This is shocking!

  6. vishalgaba

    @Rohan & Magali – it is indeed amazing…:)

  7. Woah !! That is something i must say….makes me wanna say no to this future in a way. Don’t u think technology has its own pros n cons?

    Hey and thanks for ur vote on Indivine….Appreciate it.Thanks a lot ! C u around.

  8. vishalgaba

    @Nairobi – Absolutely…technology has its advantages and disadvantages…and depending upon how you see it you decide on whether is more advantageous or disadvantageous…

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