Medical Devices that Are Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks

   

Medical Devices that Are Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks

By: Kim Zetter, Wired

11/30/2015 (10:53am)

When you think about the Internet of Things, you probably think of smart refrigerators and smart electric meters, not smart pacemakers, insulin pumps, and x-ray machines. But medical devices and equipment have become increasingly software-based and network-connected, which means they’re now just as vulnerable to the hacks that threaten other digital devices.

What’s more, security issues with medical devices can have more direct life-threatening consequences—just ask former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose doctors disabled the wireless capability in his pacemaker because they were concerned that a hacker could hijack it to deliver a fatal shock to his heart.

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Medical Devices That Are Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks

http://www.hstoday.us/single-article/medical-devices-that-are-vulnerable-to-life-threatening-hacks/2d096e26eb290b91edeca3f5d2145aec.html

 

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