A You Tube video, “Scientist implanted with RFID Chip gets computer virus,“ demonstrates vulnerability of RFID chips implanted under the skin and already utilized for monitoring potentially fatal conditions.
“A British scientist has become the first human to be infected with a computer virus. Dr Mark Gasson, a cybernetics expert at the University of Reading, has had a computer chip implanted in his hand. The chip is pro- grammed
to open security doors to his lab – and ensure only he is able to switch
on and use his mobile phone. But Dr Gasson deliberately infected the chip with a computer virus, which was then automatically transmitted to affect to the lab security
system. ‘Once the system is infected, anybody accessing the building
with their passcard would be infected too,’ he told Sky News…Dr Gasson
says his experiment also exposes the vulnerability of chips now
routinely implanted in patients.
“Heart pacemakers contain mini-computers that control the heartbeat, and communicate with doctors via a special reader held against the skin. But if a virus was transmitted to the device which stopped it working properly, the consequences for the patient could be fatal.
‘The devices will have to start to use security encryption,’ said Dr Gasson. ‘Medical devices should have some kind of password protection as well. They’re basic security precautions. It’s surprising these devices don’t have them already.'”
This video is two years old, hopefully, software encryption has or will shortly become standard. It’s food for thought!