Doug Bedell — May 7, 2018, 4:02 pm

Oh Dear, Heart Pacemakers, Too, Can Be Security Risks


Here’s where security gets really personal. The Naked Security blog reports that “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month approved a firmware patch for pacemakers made by Abbott’s (formerly St Jude Medical) that are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks and which are at risk of sudden battery loss.”

Yes, “pacemakers are small devices used to help treat irregular heartbeats. The cybersecurity vulnerabilities were found in Abbott’s radio frequency- (RF-) enabled implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds).” Half a million of them need a digital security fix.

Lest we get lost in technical obscurity, the point is that virtlually anything about modern technology seems to have a security dimension/hazard. In that regard, be alert to all the devices you have that are potentially part of the IoT, the Internet of Things. Thats where the security dangers lurk, whether from the U.S. or abroad.

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