What Next? Not Even My Defibrillator Is Safe From Hackers?

I saw this unbelievable article about hacking of Defibrillators and both my device and transmitters are on the list.

By Alex Johnson @ NBC News

The world’s largest medical device company has acknowledged that many of its implanted cardiac defibrillators use an unencrypted wireless protocol that could allow an attacker to change the settings of the lifesaving devices.

The vulnerability affects more than 20 defribillator models, monitors and programmer units made by Medtronic Inc. of Fridley, Minnesota. The devices include implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, which can correct dangerously fast or irregular heartbeat, and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators, or CRT-Ds, which essentially are pacemakers that deliver small electrical charges to help keep the heart’s ventricles pumping in sync.

Full article can be read here

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/hackers-could-take-over-some-implanted-defibrillators-fda-says-n986836

Written by Basil Rene

I maintain two separate blogs. One is LifeAsAnAnomaly.com where I discuss my life with sarcoidosis and the other is AChefTalksFood.blog, where as the name implies, I talk about food.

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