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Man 'Infects' Himself With Computer Virus

Dr Mark Gasson, a research fellow at the University of Reading, has claimed to be the first person personally infected with a computer virus.

Gasson says he 'contracted' the virus after he implanted an infected RFID computer chip into his hand.

Dr Gasson told the BBC (opens in new tab): “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.”

The Telegraph reports (opens in new tab) that the infected RFID tag could infect other chips if it came to contact with them.

Dr Gasson believes that somewhere down the line, devices like Pacemarkers could be in danger of being infected by similar means.

The chip is a sophisticated version of the ID chips used to tag pets and has been programmed by Dr Gasson to open electronic doors and unlock his mobile phone.

Currently, US specialists are looking into using similar technology in patients to enable hospitals to view their entire medical history in seconds.