Hacked Pacemakers Could Send Deadly Shocks

Posted on: October 18, 2012

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And they want to put us in driverless cars… sure, why not… Pacemakers at the wheel…


The next frontier of computer hacking could be lifesaving medical devices: at a recent developer conference, a pacemaker was wirelessly hacked to send deadly 830 volt shocks. Even worse, IOActive researcher Barnaby Jack says that it would be “100 percent possible” that virus could spread to other devices in a wave of “mass murder”. The transparently over-the-top scenario was performed in the convenience of a controlled conference setting, but it does come on the heels of a National Institute of Standards and Technology conference where panelists warned of common computer malware infecting hospital devices.

At the BreakPoint security conference in Melbourne Jack demonstrated that he could reverse engineer a pacemaker to deliver fatal shocks from within 30 feet and rewrite the devices onboard software (firmware). The pacemaker also contained a “secret function” that could activate other cardiac devices within a 30 foot-plus vicinity.

“The worst case scenario that I can think…

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