Fri 15 Aug, 2008 10:49 pm
University of Massachusetts professor hacks heart device to expose risks
By Jessica Fargen
A UMass professor has found a way to remotely control an implantable heart defibrillator, proving that hell-bent hackers could some day terrorize the millions of people who rely on the devices to regulate their hearts.
With a homemade $1,000 radio transmitter, researchers were able to reprogram a pacemakerlike device and deliver high-energy shocks that could do all sorts of mischief, from causing a fatal heart attack to extracting personal information such as names and Social Security numbers.
to extracting personal information such as names and Social Security numbers
Why do pacemakers have social security numbers programmed into them?
I firewalled my heart a long time ago. She was only 19 and it really really hurt.
Mumpad has trusted site status though.
Egad, the Pentagon's gonna love this.