Brave scientist becomes first person 'infected with computer virus'

Dr. Mark Gasson from the University of Reading in the U.K. implanted a chip under the flesh of his hand. It allows him to open special doors and even keeps his cellphone locked down so only he can use it. What else does it let him do? Well, contract a virus only meant for computers.

Before you start worrying that someone could up and hack you just as Gasson's implant was compromised, don't fret: we're all safe. One day, however, the vulnerabilities that Gasson is exploring could very well be a real problem.

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

So, what could happen? Well, that really depends on how complex an implant is, and how wired it is to your body. A pacemaker could be shut off remotely, for instance, or — as an example provided by Gasson — more complex devices that interface directly with the heart or the brain could have serious implications if compromised.

Check out the good doctor himself in the video above.

Via BBC News