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"There is always a threat lurking, we can't just ignore it and think that, 'Oh it's just an insulin pump, nobody's going to hack that.' That's what we said 15 years ago about the Web," Radcliffe said. "We need to look ahead of the curve. Just because it can't be done easily, doesn't mean it can't be done. There are way too many smart people out there."
http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/hum...erattack-1027/

here is another source as well

http://www.scmagazineus.com/black-ha...rticle/209106/ (better source)
Edited by Trippen Out - 8/5/11 at 10:15am
    
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post #2 of 14
Here's a good blog post on the topic, by Scott Hanselman who's a program manager at Microsoft and also a Type I diabetic.

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Hacker...uterZen.com%29

According to Scott's research on this subject, if you follow this story back to the source to Jerome Radcliffe (the guy actually trying to hack insulin pumps as an experiment), you can find this quote:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerome Radcliffe
After investing months of spare time and an immense amount of caffeine, I have not accomplished my mission.
In short:
1) Guy attempts to hack insulin pumps.
2) Guy fails.
3) Media sensationalizes and over-hypes story into "Hackers can kill diabetics by hacking insulin pumps!"
4) ???
5) Profit.
post #3 of 14
I have a couple friends with these and that'd be messed up if they succeeded. But really, isn't the only way to do it without man handling the person to hit it with an electrical pulse or the like? This is assuming that the devices don't, for whatever reason, have bluetooth/wifi/etc. Yo dawg, we heard you like insulin....
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I don't think internally imbedded systems will be at any risk unless someone develops a radically new way of programming things without physical OR virtual access.
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I came hear hoping for Snow Crash style stuff...
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What they mean is hacking can indirectly cause harm to human bodies - nothing new here.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mott555 View Post
Here's a good blog post on the topic, by Scott Hanselman who's a program manager at Microsoft and also a Type I diabetic.

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Hacker...uterZen.com%29

According to Scott's research on this subject, if you follow this story back to the source to Jerome Radcliffe (the guy actually trying to hack insulin pumps as an experiment), you can find this quote:



In short:
1) Guy attempts to hack insulin pumps.
2) Guy fails.
3) Media sensationalizes and over-hypes story into "Hackers can kill diabetics by hacking insulin pumps!"
4) ???
5) Profit.
Please see: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/mob...cks/index.html

While its not an insulin pump... a similar thing can be done once technology gets advanced enough. I mean think about it, we might eventually hook our devices into another centralized device that say.... reports back to your doctor your current blood sugar levels... or it tests for when you need dialysis. Anyways, im sure these kinds of technologies are only a stones throw away,.... and im sure there are going to be people using it for the same kind of evil.

What better way to ransom somebody in a technological age than to shut off all communication//life support devices... bet id make a pretty penny!
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Maybe im not so excited for my android future... Ill pass on my robotic arms and legs..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Odyn View Post

While its not an insulin pump... a similar thing can be done once technology gets advanced enough. I mean think about it, we might eventually hook our devices into another centralized device that say.... reports back to your doctor your current blood sugar levels... or it tests for when you need dialysis. Anyways, im sure these kinds of technologies are only a stones throw away,.... and im sure there are going to be people using it for the same kind of evil.
Pacemakers already have this ability. A family friend had a pace maker and the manufacturers have the ability test it every month(It vibrated) to see if it was functioning properly.

This sort of thing should be off the grid. Why would you have such sensitive devices connected to something like the internet.
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wow we are truly moving to a deus ex type future
 
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