The first infected human with a computer virus!!

Posted: May 29, 2010 in Computing, Medical Informatics, Technology
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Yup, that’s right! this is crazy and has a lot of important implications for medicine and biomedical informatics’ security measures that need to be considered and in place for a safe medical practice.

Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading had a chip inserted in his hand which was then infected with a virus. The device, which enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone, is a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets.

In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems. If other implanted chips had then connected to the system they too would have been corrupted, he said. – Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC

  1. MBH says:

    I don’t know what’s the big deal. People have been injected with tracking chips and like for quite some time now, including babies.

    And this “virus” affected the chip only not the body of the dude, so what’s the big deal?

    • crazyd says:

      Very true MBH, now something to keep in mind is not that humans get infected with the computer virus! rather the computer virus infects other medical technology equipment with eViruses and causes them to malfunction!

      Imagine this: an eVirus infected RFID chip coming into contact with a pace-maker and causing it to go out of wack! Now that’s scary!!! Code Blue on the Hospital floors …

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