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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

British Scientist Infects Himself With Computer Virus...

Well not himself but a chip implanted within himself. Dr. Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a modified RFID chip, similar to those used to chip your pets, and is experimenting with the infected device and systems that it may connect to. The ramifications, as Dr. Gasson explains in this BBC video clip, could be extensive as more and more uses for the chips are found and more devices are scanning for the data contained within the chips.

"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." says Dr. Gasson. An infected chip could hold an entirely different payload than that which is intended for use by the system scanning it. 

Can you say Minority Report?