Security scare over hackable heart implants

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Security scare over hackable heart implants
« on: January 10, 2017, 11:13:36 AM »
A US government probe into claims that certain heart implants are vulnerable to hacking attacks, has resulted in emergency security patches being issued for devices that cardiac patients have in their homes.

The medical devices under the microscope come from St Jude Medical, recently acquired by Abbott Laboratories, who were informed by researchers last year that their devices could be forced to malfunction by administering a mild electric shock, pacing at a potentially dangerous rate, or tricked into suffering a high-risk battery drain.

Controversially, research company MedSec Holdings and hedge fund Muddy Waters reportedly profited by short selling stock in St Jude Medical, before telling the manufacturer about the serious vulnerabilities.

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