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Discuss the implications of a computer virus in implants

By Tink! ·
Small article, but big topic really. If implants are to eventually become more commonplace, the fact that those chips could become infected and then pass the infection is a fact to be feared.

http://news.techworld.com/personal-tech/3224739/scientist-infected-with-computer-virus/?cmpid=TD1N1&no1x1

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Creepy thought

by cmiller5400 In reply to Discuss the implications ...

Next thing... Anti-virus programs for pacemakers!! Only $5,000 per copy, per device. Well you wouldn't want the freeware version would you...

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Tongue-in-cheek, Tink

by santeewelding In reply to Discuss the implications ...

He wasn't infected. The chip was.

In order for the headline to hold water, humankind has to readdress how it is that we are.

That time, however, may be coming. Instead of a simple RFID -- which in this case the "chip" apparently was -- the headline would gain credibility in the case of a (motherboard) interacting directly with neural circuits in the brain.

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It still has its effects

by Tink! In reply to Tongue-in-cheek, Tink

I know this won't be controlling our minds anytime soon, but it still has its effects. If a person is counting on their chip to be working properly in order to keep their body going, having that chip become infected with something that makes it NOT work right can cause major problems.

Another idea is that people could use implanted chips to carry viruses undetected into a secure area, and then proceed to transfer the virus into essential systems.

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That's a strange standpoint from Mr.Scientist

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Discuss the implications ...

Pacemakers have been around for decades, not sure how many exactly, but I have a feeling that many.
I don't think they'll ever need to have wireless communication.

Some things it's just sensible to keep as hard-wired only.:)

But it definitely puts into question the security of implanted chips.

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Shot down and ridiculed

by Tink! In reply to Discuss the implications ...

http://news.techworld.com/security/3224836/human-computer-virus-experiment-ridiculed-as-bad-science/?cmpid=TD1N5&no1x1

It was to be expected because yes, what he showed is not NEW info. In my opinion however, it still brought attention to an issue that I hope is being worked on - the fact that someone can CARRY a virus on an implant and TAKE IT just about ANYWHERE.

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