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[CNET]Heart device found vulnerable to hacking

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The threat seems largely theoretical. But a team of computer security researchers plans to report Wednesday that it had been able to gain wireless access to a combination heart defibrillator and pacemaker.

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.

The researchers said they had also been able to glean personal patient data by eavesdropping on signals from the tiny wireless radio that Medtronic, the device's maker, had embedded in the implant as a way to let doctors monitor and adjust it without surgery.
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Thats insane. That is very thought provoking, imagine if big brother implanted something within us as that gives them direct control over our vitals..
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Oh dangggg... Insane yo. Like they say, if it can power on, it can be hacked.
    
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Pretty sure its been posted but, everything can be hacked. I don't see why any of this is a surprise.
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Great, terrorist attacks to the heart.
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Pretty sure its been posted but, everything can be hacked. I don't see why any of this is a surprise.
How is that possible unless it somehow connects wirelessly to a hub or network or does it? I'm not familiar with pace makers and such things.
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How is that possible unless it somehow connects wirelessly to a hub or network or does it? I'm not familiar with pace makers and such things.
Never heard of emp? Anything with electricity going through it is vulnerable to different frequencies or of course the EMP blast. EMP blast would be more destruction than hacking, but like I said, frequencies can be used in so many ways it's insane.
    
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That is insane! Im speechless lol..
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Never heard of emp? Anything with electricity going through it is vulnerable to different frequencies or of course the EMP blast. EMP blast would be more destruction than hacking, but like I said, frequencies can be used in so many ways it's insane.
Yeah, if by hacking they also mean EMP then yeah. I was thinking more of someone connecting to the heart devices through a local computer and deactivating it via software or something but yeah I suppose thats hacking aswell.
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Never heard of emp? Anything with electricity going through it is vulnerable to different frequencies or of course the EMP blast. EMP blast would be more destruction than hacking, but like I said, frequencies can be used in so many ways it's insane.
I was about to talk about EMP lol. It's no surprise either, anything that can receive a signal is subject to alternate functioning. However it would be great to have this in jails, you put a similiar device somewhere in the most dangerous people, so if they run away, you press a button and they blow up lol.
    
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I was about to talk about EMP lol. It's no surprise either, anything that can receive a signal is subject to alternate functioning. However it would be great to have this in jails, you put a similiar device somewhere in the most dangerous people, so if they run away, you press a button and they blow up lol.
Hahaha..sounds like a good idea but not to that extreme. Maybe they can have a device that can induce a mild heart attack or a stroke or some sort of immobile pain to keep them from moving any further.
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