Friday, May 28, 2010

2010-05-27 Chinese dad chains 8-year-old son to pole and tries to auction him to strangers

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2010-05-27 Chinese dad chains 8-year-old son to pole and tries to auction him to strangers

Originally Published:Thursday, May 27th 2010, 1:52 PM Updated: Thursday, May 27th 2010, 1:52 PM
Yong Fai, 8, is chained to a pole while his dad looks for  strangers in in Wuhan, China, to take the boy off his hands.
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Yong Fai, 8, is chained to a pole while his dad looks for strangers in in Wuhan, China, to take the boy off his hands.
Enough is enough: Strangers attack dad for tying son up in  chains.
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Enough is enough: Strangers attack dad for tying son up in chains.

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One Chinese dad can forget about getting a Father's Day card after chaining his 8-year-old son to a pole and trying to auction him to strangers on the street in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Yong Tsui tried to peddle Yong Fai, touting the boy's strong work ethic. Police did nothing until passersby grew irate and assaulted the dad after people expressing interest in Fai asked how much they would need to spend on the boy. "He has no job, no home and no money," one sympathetic officer said of the dad, the Daily Mail reports. "He says he wasn't interested in the money, just finding a home for the boy." The scared boy told police his father said he could no longer afford to raise him. Yong Tsui said he chained his son after learning about a similar situation in China where a chained-up 2-year-old boy got free day care after generous strangers learned of his plight. For now, the boy remains in the custody of the police. Creative Commons License
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Scientist says he’s first human with a computer virus - Blogs - Yahoo! Canada Tech

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"Scientist says he’s first human with a computer virus"
By Christopher Null

Let the hysteria begin: Computer viruses have apparently made the leap from PC to person, BBC News reports.

Mind you, this was all intentional. British scientist Mark Gasson of the University of Reading introduced a computer virus into an RFID chip (similar to the chips implanted in pets to identify them if they go missing) and then implanted the infected chip into his own hand.

In its uninfected state, Gasson's chip lets him pass through secured doorways and turn on his cell phone, so it has practical real-world capabilities.

An infected chip could pass malicious code on to chip scanners as, say, the bearer passes through a security door. The virus could then spread to other systems in the network, depending on the complexity and cleverness of its programming.

Right now this is just a proof of concept, but it’s a sobering one in a world where 'touchless' networking systems like RFID are becoming more and more commonplace, while the security of these systems has been largely ignored.

Recently issued passports, which include an RFID chip now by default, have already been subject to extensive hacking attempts — and numerous hacking successes. Some people even suggest whacking your passport with a hammer to disable the RFID chip inside. (We don't endorse this, however.)

What happens when you have an actual RFID implant? BBC News notes that these chips are becoming popular receptacles for medical information, so if a person is unconscious, medical responders can still determine if someone has a critical allergy or a rare condition that a hospital might need to be aware of. What happens if a virus scrambles or even reverses this information?

The issue of viruses moving from computer to human may not be the nightmare that Hollywood makes it out to be — but the threat is becoming more real than we might like to believe.

— Christopher Null is a technology writer for Yahoo! News.