Hackers Hijacking Your Memories Threatening To Erase Them If You Don’t Pay a Ransom

Hackers Hijacking Your Memories Threatening To Erase Them If You Don't Pay a Ransom

 There is no
denying the way that progress in the field of neurotechnology have brought us
closer to boosting and upgrading our memories, however more so because of this
development, in a couple of decades we may even have the capacity to control,
interpret and re-keep in touch with them effortlessly.

Brain
implants which are rapidly turning into a common tool for neurosurgeons will
later in the future course of action be tremendously upheld by these
advancements in innovation.
Regardless
of whether it is Parkinson’s or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or even
controlling diabetes and handling obesity these technological advances deliver
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat such a wide cluster of conditions.
Still in
its beginning periods, and being examined for treating depression, dementia,
Tourette’s syndrome and other psychiatric conditions, researchers are
investigating how to treat memory disorders especially those brought about by
traumatic accidents.
Particularly
to help restore the memory loss in soldiers influenced by traumatic brain
injury as done by the US Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Laurie
Pycroft, a specialist with the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the
University of Oxford says that
 “By
the middle of the century, we may have even more extensive control, with the
ability to manipulate memories. But
the consequences of control falling into the wrong hands could be ‘very grave’…”

As a
hacker could also compromise to ‘erase’ or overwrite somebody’s memories if
cash isn’t paid to them, this could maybe be done through the dark web.

Cyber
Security Company Kaspersky Lab and University of Oxford researchers have teamed
up on a new project which outlines the potential dangers and methods for attack
concerning these developing technologies. Their report pertaining to the matter
says that,
“Even at today’s level of development – which
is more advanced than many people realise – there is a clear tension between
patient safety and patient security.”

While Mr
Dmitry Galov, a researcher at Kaspersky Lab believes that in the event that we
acknowledge that this innovation will exist, we might change people’s
behaviour, Carson Martinez, health policy fellow at the Future of Privacy
Forum, says that “It
is not unimaginable to think that memory-enhancing brain implants may become a
reality in the future. Memory modification? That sounds more like speculation
than fact.”

 But she too admits to the fact that the idea
of brain jacking “could chill patient trust in medical devices that are
connected to a network…”
That is
the reason Mr Galov has accentuated on the need of clinicians and patients to
be instructed on the best way to play it safe, and prompts that setting solid
passwords is necessary.
Despite
the fact that Mr Pycroft says that later on, brain implants will be
progressively intricate and all the more generally used to treat a more
extensive scope of conditions. Be that as it may, he also gives an obvious
cautioning as the juncture of these variables is probably going to make it
simpler and progressively appealing for the attackers to try and meddle with
people’s implants.

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