Hackers Induce Epileptic Seizure Like 'Press Enter'
The incident is being described as the first computer attack to deliberately harm the human users of computers. The message was posted on Saturday, March 22nd.
"We are seeing people affected," says Ken Lowenberg, senior director of web and print publishing at the Epilepsy Foundation. "It's fortunately only a handful. It's possible that people are just not reporting yet -- people affected by it may not be coming back to the forum so fast."
A similar kind of effect occurred accidentally during an episode of the original Pokemon anime, aired on December 16, 1997. During one sequence, Pikachu stops some vaccine missiles with its Thunderbolt attack; the resulting explosion was done with a technique called "paki paki." Bright strobe lights blinked at 12 Hz fullscreen for several seconds.
Thousands of viewers reported a wide variety of symptoms: nausea, headaches, blurred vision, seizures and convulsions. Doctors found that only a very small number were actually children with photo-sensitive epilepsy.
(Press Enter, by John Varley)
As far as I know, the first person to suggest that a computer display could be hacked to induce seizures in epileptics is John Varley. In his award-winning 1984 story Press Enter, a sinister AI does just that:
... then the screen started to flicker. I stared at it for a while. It seemed to me that there was an image trying to form on the screen. Something three-dimensional. Just as I was starting to get a picture of it I happened to glance at Lisa, and she was looking at me. Her face was flickering. She came to me and put her hands over my eyes.
"Victor, you shouldn't look at that..."
(Read more about Display-Induced Epileptic Seizure)
Via Hackers Assault Epilepsy Patients via Computer.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 3/30/2008)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 6 )
Related News Stories -
Twitter Sarcasm Detected By Computer
Livescribe 3 Black Edition Smartpen
Yes, Thunderbird fans, you've seen this one before!
LONald 'Contract Robot' First In UK
'The law clerk arrived, a smallish robot...' - Frederik Pohl, 1954.
The Time-Traveling Quantum Computer
'His closed-timeline-curve time-travel computing machine.' Stephen Baxter, 2004.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Otto Self-Driving Truck Kits
'Trucks gulped packages and scurried like beetles...'
Humans Help Robots Identify Recyclables
'You give it a good look... then press the right button and in she goes.'
Is This Robotic Hand As Quick As Yours?
'V-Stephen's surgeon-hand, a self-contained robot of precision quality...'
DARPA's XS-1 Spaceplane
'They were more airplane than spaceship...'
Douglas Adams Your Babel Fish Is Ready - The Pilot By Waverly
'You'll need to have this fish in your ear.'
OMG! DIY Arduino Robot Vacuum Cleaner Like Bradbury's Mice
'Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted.'
NASA Culturing ISS Walls For Microbes
'Collect organisms and dust for study...'
Siemens 3D Printing Robot Spiders
'The eight thin metallic legs were pointed downwards, balanced delicately...'
Implants Melt In Your Brain, Not In Your Hands
Implant and forget - they melt in your brain, not in your hands.
Baby Boomers Will LOVE Autonomous Cars (Trust Me!)
'Old people began to cross the continent in their own cars....'
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet Tests His Suit
'The interior will be like airless and pressure-less space.'
DIY Method To Summon Tesla With Amazon Echo
'Thomas focussed the violet beam of a hand flash on a plate...'
AI Lawyer 'Ross' Gets First Job
'Why don't we just feed the bloody thing to LEX...'
MIT's Second Skin Enhances Original Skin
'I must care, or I wouldn't live in this lying skin suit...'
CommU Robot Children Scare Me
'Is David malfunctioning?'
VelociRoACH Insect Robots Cooperate
'They wheeled and turned in macabre simultaneity...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories