During the IFA electronics show in Berlin earlier in the week, Kaspersky Labs implanted a 2mm sub-dermal microchip into the hand of one of its employees that is capable of handling the same connectivity tasks as a smartphone or wearable, raising a bevy of security questions.
The implants can carry a great deal of personal data, from e-wallets to passport and driver license information and can even open connected door locks, said Evgeny Chereshnev, who is chipped and blogs about the experience. The current level of security is minimal, according to the Daily Mail, using only a four-digit pin code, and is easily hacked, which Kaspersky is working to improve.
The Kaspersky Labs volunteer is one of 500 people who have received the chip, the Daily Mail said. Kaspersky is working on the project with the Swedish “bio-hacking” firm BioNyfiken.