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May 27, 2010 AT 12:07 am

First human ‘infected with computer virus’

There was a “Bluetooth virus” awhile back that some were saying could hop phone to phone (or car to car) – here’s a little RFID one

Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a computer chip which was then inserted into his hand. 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.

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1 Comment

  1. if a scanning device is dumb enough to “execute” data it reads from an rfid chip, or sensor, it deserves to be infected. frankly, I cannot see why one would build such a feature in such a device.

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