Thursday, May 27, 2010

Man infects himself with computer virus

By Adam Hadhazy
updated 2:34 p.m. ET, Wed., May 26, 2010

University of Reading researcher Mark Gasson has become the first human known to be infected by a computer virus.

The virus, infecting a chip implanted in Gasson's hand, passed into a laboratory computer. From there, the infection could have spread into other computer chips found in building access cards.

All this was intentional, in an experiment to see how simple radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips like those used for tracking animals can host and spread technological diseases.

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