Skip to main content

Security Experts Lambast Human Malware Guinea Pig

When Dr Mark Gasson of Reading University injected himself with a chip containing a computer virus in a bid to capture some media attention, little did he know the fury he would have caused to more serious security experts worldwide.

Sophos' senior technology consultant (and incidentally regular blogger), Graham Cluley, criticised the academic's move saying that claims he made that he had been "infected" by a computer virus were sheer nonsense.

Cluley added that it was sheer scaremongering and that he had "more chance of being flattened by a falling grand piano than I have of getting my dog virus-infected next time I take him to the vets".

Chris Boyd, a security researcher for Sunbelt Software, wrote on Twitter that he;s going to sew an infected Bluetooth phone to his chest and claim that he is infected with a virus.

Obviously, there is absolutely no chance that a non organic computer virus will manage to infect a human being simply by "jumping" from a piece of silicon to the human body.

However, the rise of short distance wireless transmitters (RFID) and the growing medical applications of autonomous, intra-body, computer controlled peripherals (insulin dispensers, pacemakers), may, in the near future cause some concerns.

Désiré Athow
Contributor

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.