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A British scientist says he is the first man in the world to become infected with a computer virus.

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.

Medical alert

Dr Gasson admits that the test is a proof of principle but he thinks it has important implications for a future where medical devices such as pacemakers and cochlear implants become more sophisticated, and risk being contaminated by other human implants.

"With the benefits of this type of technology come risks. We may improve ourselves in some way but much like the improvements with other technologies, mobile phones for example, they become vulnerable to risks, such as security problems and computer viruses."

However, Dr Gasson predicts that wider use will be made of implanted technology.

"This type of technology has been commercialised in the United States as a type of medical alert bracelet, so that if you're found unconscious you can be scanned and your medical history brought up."

Professor Rafael Capurro of the Steinbeis-Transfer-Institute of Information Ethics in Germany told BBC News that the research was "interesting".

"If someone can get online access to your implant, it could be serious," he said.

Cosmetic surgery

Professor Capurro contributed to a 2005 ethical study for the European Commission that looked at the development of digital implants and possible abuse of them.

"From an ethical point of view, the surveillance of implants can be both positive and negative," he said.

"Surveillance can be part of medical care, but if someone wants to do harm to you, it could be a problem."

In addition, he said, that there should be caution if implants with surveillance capabilities started to be used outside of a medical setting.

However, Dr Gasson believes that there will be a demand for these non-essential applications, much as people pay for cosmetic surgery.

"If we can find a way of enhancing someone's memory or their IQ then there's a real possibility that people will choose to have this kind of invasive procedure."

Dr Gasson works at the University of Reading's School of Systems Engineering and will present the results of his research at the International Symposium for Technology and Society in Australia next month. Professor Capurro will also talk at the event.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10158517.stm

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mjamado

A sério, quanto é que ganham os tipos que fazem estas manchetes?  😲

"As minhas calças apanharam um vírus informático!"

"Como, pá?"

"Tinha o telemóvel no bolso de trás e ficou infectado com uma gaja nua que tirei da Net..."

:nono1:


"Para desenhar um website, não tenho que saber distinguir server-side de client-side" - um membro do fórum que se auto-intitula webdesigner. Temo pelo futuro da web.

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M6

LOL

O gajo teria mais tempo de antena se o tivesse metido noutra parte do corpo!...

É óbvio que qualquer cena desse tipo pode ser comprometida/modificada seja por um vírus ou por uma costumização, mas essa cena soou-me mesmo a egocentrismo para aparecer nas notícias, o chip nem sequer está ligado ao organismo dele, ele é só a embalagem...

E como se fosse necessário meter o chip na mão para fazer a prova de conceito...

O próximo passo vai ser fazer com que a via verde apanhe varicela, isso sim, seria uma notícia!  :)


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IRX773

O próximo passo vai ser fazer com que a via verde apanhe varicela, isso sim, seria uma notícia!  :)

Aqui alguém já analisou o hardware daquilo??

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Warrior

Não precisas.

Fazes uma notícia com o título "Via verde pode apanhar varicela" e escreves um artigo onde concluis que: "uma vez que nunca apanhou varicela nunca foi vacinada, os dados estatísticos demonstram que a via verde pode apanhar varicela.".

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IRX773

Não precisas.

Fazes uma notícia com o título "Via verde pode apanhar varicela" e escreves um artigo onde concluis que: "uma vez que nunca apanhou varicela nunca foi vacinada, os dados estatísticos demonstram que a via verde pode apanhar varicela.".

LOL ... Falo porque era mesmo curiosidade se aquilo tinha memória e que tipo de ROM era.

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skin

Aqui alguém já analisou o hardware daquilo??

Nice idea :thumbsup:


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