Scientists from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa have successfully streamed human brain waves to the Internet using an electroencephalograph and a mini computer, Raspberry Pi, according to Vice News.
It quoted university lecturer Adam Pantanowitz, who is also head of the Brainternet research group, as saying that information can "travel" from our brains to the web and vice versa.
The scientist believes that the danger that intruders could hack and control people's minds will become real when engineers learn to not just transfer, but download information from the network to the human brain.
With the experiments within the Brainternet project still at an early stage, Pantanowitz has proposed solving some security problems well in advance.
He called for the creation a new independent network for Brainternet, such as a quantum network, which will be protected from intrusions.
"If someone starts hacking or faking information in the middle of the connection, then the whole nature of such a network is changing to warn about the attack," he said.Frontiers of Neuroengineering pointed to possible threats related to the expansion of the human brain's capabilities through connection to the Internet.
Stressing the significance of "the right to neural privacy," the survey claimed that in the future, Internet intruders will be reoriented to hacking consciousness rather than computers.