Over at [H]ard|OCP, they’ve linked to some rather disturbing news.  Pacemakers are wirelessly hackable.

The only good news is it takes a team of experts and more than $30,000 worth of lab equipment a lot of effort to manage it, so there is little chance that a script-kiddy could download plans to modify a universal remote and do this themselves.

“You know, it is bad enough that our PCs are vulnerable to hackers but now pacemakers are too? What the? Researchers say that they have been able to gain wireless access to a combination heart defibrillator and pacemaker and take control of its functions. Thanks to Fam Money for the link.

They were able to reprogram it to shut down and to deliver jolts of electricity that would potentially be fatal–if the device had been in a person. In this case, the researchers were hacking into a device in a laboratory.”

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