Yevgeny Chereshnev lived for two years with an implant under his skin to test the theory of `Digital DNA’ which in the future might allow companies and governments to identify Internet users without passwords and user names, by their unique biometric characteristics.
The IT expert employed in Kaspersky Lab, Yevgeny Chereshnev, believes that everyone leaves their unique digital footprint on the internet which could be used to identify people without passwords and user names, with the help of a set of biometrics like voice, pulse, fingerprints and so on. It’s even possible to anticipate their actions. This is Digital DNA and according to Chereshnev every Internet user has it.
To test his theory, Chereshnev conducted an experiment. He lived for two years with an implant under the skin on his arm which collected information about Yevgeny at all time, including info about his typing speed, his most used vocabulary on social networks and biometric data.
“My team studied the danger of total digital surveillance and the possible manipulation of user’s behavior on the basis of analyzing and modifying behavior patterns. I saw the future as it might be, and was horrified. That’s why all my energies, knowledge, passion and experience are now channeled into preventing a future of this sort – a future of total monitoring of the individual” Chereshnev said.
Chereshnev spoke about this technology on a TED conference in New York at the end of January, while earlier he spoke about it in Kazan.
“People are under constant monitoring from connected devices, and are effectively deprived of the possibility of remaining anonymous,” said Chereshnev. “Each one of us moves their mouse and cursor in a unique manner and with a certain speed in particular areas of the screen, making predictable misspellings along the way. All movement, words, and payments can be intercepted and used by someone.”
It is his belief that it won’t be long until hackers are able to steal and copy your identity, while big corporations will have even the smallest details on their clients.
“Digital DNA is a key to the psychology of individuals,” added Chereshnev.
If someone gets a hold of someone else’s digital DNA, identify that person online and take over their data, but also manipulate their desires, travels, interests, knowledge even their bad habits.
According to Yevgeny, these unique data should both physically and legally the property of each individual.
Finally he adds:
“No state or service provider should have the right of access to a person’s digital DNA without the owner’s consent.”