Friday, February 25, 2005

Straight for the Heart: The fear: hackers are after your pacemaker

The fear: hackers are after your pacemaker

The developers of remote-from-home defibrillators are concerned that every hacker’s true calling is to intercept one of the remote relaying messages and reprogram grandpa’s pacemaker. The technology for these remotely-controllable implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) hasn’t yet been approved by the FDA, but if it is doctors will be able to periodically fine-tune the pacemakers right through the phone. With that advance comes the concern that hackers will grow ever more bored with the more traditional targets and shoot straight for the heart. We suppose it’s best to err on the side of caution, but we sincerely doubt we’ll be seeing any pacemaker hacks turning up on hackaday anytime soon.

Well, first it was cell is getting serious......Norton for your pacemaker?

H/T Engadget

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