[LINK] Implant risks
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Mon May 31 07:02:57 AEST 2010
I much preferred how this was reported in the Register:
> Captain Cyborg sidekick implants virus-infected chip
> First Mate Malware and the infected pacemakers of doom
> A second transhumanist RFID-chipping nut has emerged from the academic
> community at the University of Reading.
The Uni of Reading cranks and kooks are an IQ test for journalists -
does the journalist laugh or play it straight? Businessweek failed the test.
Stephen Wilson wrote:
> WTF? Ignoble Prize coming up!
> The RFID hip isn't "intimately connected" to this guy, and neither is he
> in any meaningful way "infected" with a computer virus.
> Yes, of course sophisticated medical devices are potential carriers of
> viruses, but didn't we know this already?
> Steve Wilson
> [Former director of software engineering for a medical device company]
> stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
>> Scientist Becomes First Human 'Infected' With Computer Virus
>> As implantable medical device technology advances, so will potential
>> risks, researcher warns.
>> FRIDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable devices, such as
>> pacemakers, defibrillators and cochlear implants, are becoming vulnerable
>> to "infection" with computer viruses, a researcher in England warns.
>> To prove his point, Mark Gasson, a scientist at the University of
>> Reading's School of Systems Engineering, allowed himself to become
>> "Exhibit A."
>> Gasson said he became the first person in the world to be infected with a
>> computer virus after he "contaminated" a high-end radio frequency
>> identification (RFID) computer chip -- the kind often used as a security
>> tag in stores to prevent theft -- which he had implanted into his left
>> The point, Gasson explained, was to draw attention to the risks involved
>> with the use of increasingly sophisticated implantable medical device
>> "Our research shows that implantable technology has developed to the
>> point where implants are capable of communicating, storing and
>> manipulating data," he said in a university news release. "They are
>> essentially mini computers. This means that, like mainstream computers,
>> they can be infected by viruses and the technology will need to keep pace
>> with this so that implants, including medical devices, can be safely used
>> in the future."
>> Gasson is scheduled to present his findings at the IEEE International
>> Symposium on Technology and Society, held June 7 to 9 in Australia, for
>> which he also will serve as chairman.
>> The chip Gasson had implanted enabled him to access his place of work and
>> his cell phone, as well as allowing others to track and profile his
>> But once "infected," the chip disrupted the proper functioning of the
>> mainframe system with which it had been communicating, and would have
>> done the same to any other device that might have been similarly hooked
>> up to the network, he said.
>> "By infecting my own implant with a computer virus, we have demonstrated
>> how advanced these technologies are becoming and also had a glimpse at
>> the problems of tomorrow," Gasson said.
>> "Much like people with medical implants, after a year of having the
>> implant, I very much feel that it is part of my body," he added. "While
>> it is exciting to be the first person to become infected by a computer
>> virus in this way, I found it a surprisingly violating experience because
>> the implant is so intimately connected to me but the situation is
>> potentially out of my control."
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