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Medical implants vulnerable to hackers ?

Posted on Thursday, 12 April, 2012 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Experts have warned that people with mechanical implants could be at risk of attack by hackers.

Researchers have demonstrated that medical implants such as those used to regulate heartbeat or glucose levels could be remotely manipulated by someone with ill intent. A diabetic for example could have extreme levels of insulin dumped into their blood stream or a cardiac patient could have their pacemaker or defibrillator tampered with.

While the risk is minimal at present, as more such devices are put in to use solutions to these issues will be needed in order to keep patients as safe as possible.

"Many medical implants are vulnerable to attacks that could threaten their users' lives, according to studies."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 12 April, 2012, 4:47
That's seriously scary actually.Nut jobs could use this info to just hurt people. Im shocked it can even disrupt insulin pumps. Scary
Comment icon #2 Posted by Lady Llayne on 12 April, 2012, 14:00
Makes you wonder how safe you are are at the end of the day
Comment icon #3 Posted by Untold Apocalypse on 12 April, 2012, 19:09
We all know in the future there will be some hacker troll controlling a dudes robot arm and making him hit himself with it while yelling "stop hitting yourself". It is inevitable xD
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then on 12 April, 2012, 22:24
Makes you wonder how safe you are are at the end of the day Not very, I'd say. BTW LOVE your avatar! It's from Emerson,Lake and Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery LP...what memories
Comment icon #5 Posted by Bildr on 12 April, 2012, 23:30
download AVG for your pacemaker!!!!
Comment icon #6 Posted by King Fluffs on 13 April, 2012, 7:43
Whatever next...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Atlantia on 14 April, 2012, 11:08
I got a load of metal in my leg.... I guess I might be vulnerable to magnetic mines if I go swimming? ;-)
Comment icon #8 Posted by Tx-Faithful on 30 April, 2012, 16:10
I don't see how it can get hacked its not a computer its a device so the ill intent would need to get hands on to tamper with it

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