Computer Viruses Might Give You the flu Really?
This seems to come straight out of a twisted plot of a Hollywood sci-fi movie. Computer viruses in the future might become a threat for human beings and spread dangerous epidemics. Hackers can create potentially dangerous software that can evolve into biological viruses and infect biological beings. Scientists at the recently concluded Black Hat Security Conference at Amsterdam have been mulling over the possibility of how malicious software might be created that can infect and replicate successfully inside a human body.
Guillaume Lovet, senior manager of Fortinet’s Threat Research and Response Centre, said that, “We are really on the border between the living and the non-living,” during his keynote speech at the conference. In fact, there is a lot of truth behind this statement. Computer viruses are similar to biological viruses and in more advanced cases, they replicate themselves inside the host’s body. This has led scientists to understand how computer viruses are more dangerous than biological ones and how the human body is more equipped to tackle viruses. Both viruses work in similar ways to extract coded information for parasitic behavior inside a host body.
A security researcher from Fortinet is of the view that a Denial of Service (DoS) attack is similar to the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) as both aim at overloading a system, be it a computer or a human body. The HIV virus attacks the immune system of the body and makes it vulnerable just like the W32/Sality virus that terminates the installed antivirus and installs a malicious program as an authorized application to dupe Microsoft’s Firewall. Another similarity
Lovet anticipates that biological and computer viruses might combine in the near future. The main reason for this is the rapid proliferation of the field of cybernetic prosthesis. Today you have cochlear implants and pacemakers implanted in the human bodies. But the day they start communicating with an external device through say, Bluetooth, they automatically become vulnerable to computer viruses. Such a scenario can turn into reality in a few years. Who knows, a computer virus might give you the flu!
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