Would you believe that computer viruses can also infect humans? When I first heard, it may be impossible because both are very different physically. A computer virus is just the digital codes of man-made, while the viral disease is organic.
However, computer virus attacks the human body may occur when a computer-based tools integrated with the human body. For example, a virus attacks the robotic arm, artificial heart, or organ implanted deliberately planted into the body for various purposes in the future.
To anticipate such attacks, Dr Mark Gasson, cybernetika an expert at the University of Reading, UK, were tested. He made it infects a computer virus into radio frequency chips of identification (RFID) is implanted under the skin surface of the arm. This experiment was designed to demonstrate the model of the spread of virus to the tools used by human implants.
RFID-based equipment that were implanted into the body Gasson is a kind of mini computer that emits a signal. Through the device, Gasson can access the security system for entry into the laboratory rooms or activate cell phone. Its function is not different with access cards in general.
When Gasson entrance to the laboratory, a computer that regulates access to the room it will read the device implants. That’s the entrance for viruses that have been implanted to infect the computer lab. When his colleagues also went into the laboratory, the virus was transmitted to the RFID devices that person.
This experiment shows how computer viruses can be transmitted wirelessly between people when there is a means of communication between them. One time, a bad person could have made the virus to penetrate the security system restricted areas such as university or corporate database servers through the pattern.
In this experiment, users of RFID implants may not be impaired his health when a computer virus that infects the device on his body. However, what if the virus attacks the implant in a vital tool, such as a hearing aid or an artificial heart?