Pacemaker can be hacked

Posted: October 17, 2012 in IT Security News
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Pacemaker HackingBecause of flaws in the software implantable pacemakers some manufacturers can get to cause deadly shock voltage 830 volts.

This is done by sending a command from a laptop at a distance of 15 meters – this sensational statement was made at a security conference in Melbourne Breakpoint researcher Barnaby Jack of company IOActive. According to him, he warned the manufacturers of devices for vulnerabilities.

The researcher found a team for which pacemakers give your serial number and model number. Using this information, he was able to replace the proprietary software to reprogram the pacemaker transmitter. Jack also found that the implants contain personal data of the patient, and even found an opportunity to access a server manufacturers.

Researchers are developing a program Electric Feel, which will find all devices nearby, select the device and give the command to turn off or discharge. According to Jack, there is even the opportunity to download a malicious “firmware” updates to the servers, which infect many appliances at once. According to Jack, in the United States between 2006 and 2011 found 4.6 million implantable pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators.

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