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Now our hearts need firewalls. My future is secured.

 
 
DrewDad
 
Reply Fri 15 Aug, 2008 10:49 pm
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view/2008_08_15_University_of_Massachusetts_professor_hacks_heart_device_to_expose_risks/

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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.

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Nick Ashley
 
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Reply Fri 15 Aug, 2008 11:38 pm
@DrewDad,
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to extracting personal information such as names and Social Security numbers

Why do pacemakers have social security numbers programmed into them?
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 16 Aug, 2008 02:40 am
I firewalled my heart a long time ago. She was only 19 and it really really hurt.

Mumpad has trusted site status though.
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jespah
 
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Reply Sat 16 Aug, 2008 04:08 am
Egad, the Pentagon's gonna love this.
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