Pacemakers Recalled For Lax Cybersecurity

By on September 6, 2017

September 6, 2017

Almost 500,000 pacemakers sold by Abbott under the St Jude Medical brand have been recalled by the FDA for fear that malicious hackers could easily run their batteries down or alter the patient’s heartbeat. The vulnerability allows a hacker to access the device using commercially available equipment, and reprogram it. The problem was discovered by MedSec, a cybersecurity firm that researches vulnerabilities in the medical devices and healthcare industries. In 2016 MedSec discovered flaws in St Jude Medical devices, shared the information with an investment firm, which then short-sold St. Jude stock. The pacemakers involved in this recall won’t be removed. A firmware update will be applied to patch the cybersecurity flaws.

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The Guardian

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