Strangest Story of the Day: Man Infects Himself with Computer Virus

May 27, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Get this: A British scientist has become the first person infected with a computer virus, which he inflicted upon himself, reports PC World.

says the article, "Dr. Mark Gasson, a cybernetics expert at the University of Reading, deliberately infected himself (by way of an RFID chip implanted in his wrist) with a benign computer virus….The device in Gasson’s arm is a radio-frequency identification chip that emits a signal and allows him to access certain parts of the University of Reading laboratory."

Gasson and his colleagues then infected his implanted chip with a computer virus.

The article continues, "Gasson [then] went into the lab–and when the lab’s computers read the code, the virus implanted itself into the database and began to replicate. Now if any of his other colleagues swipe their traditional swipe-cards to get into the lab, the virus can replicate itself on their swipe-cards. This experiment shows that viruses can be transferred wirelessly from implant devices to the computers they communicate with. Someone could thus potentially create a virus that would allow them to access secure areas (such as the University of Reading laboratory)."

OK, Hollywood TV writers, let’s see what you can do with this…


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