By Chris Carrington | ActivistPost
Barnaby Jack, the 35-year-old hacker who was found dead in July of this year was right. Medical devices can be hacked, and the government has known this for years. At the time of his death, the cause of which has still not been made public, Jack was head of Embedded Device Security at IOActive.
He was a day or so away from presenting his findings: ‘Implantable medical Devices: Hacking humans’ at the Black Hat Event in Las Vegas when he died.
Jack had discovered that medical devices such as insulin pumps and heart pacemakers could be hacked from a considerable distance, causing the pumps to dispense fatal doses of the drug and pacemakers to malfunction seriously enough to stop the wearer’s heart. The presentation was to explain to companies the vulnerabilities of such devices and how they could be improved to prevent tampering. (source)
According to an article on BBC, former vice-president Dick Cheney allowed doctors to disconnect the wireless feature of his heart pacemaker to foil possible assassination attempts.
“I know from the experience we had, and the necessity for adjusting my own device, that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible,” said Mr Cheney, who was President George W Bush’s right-hand man during the “war on terror”.
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