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    Exclamation Defibrillators' Wireless Signals Hackable

    One more paranoia for the masses.

    Defibrillators' Wireless Signals Hackable
    Researchers: Transmissions From Defibrillator To Monitor Not Encrypted

    POSTED: 2:48 am EDT March 12, 2008

    BOSTON -- Researchers said a common new technology for monitoring defibrillators is vulnerable to hacking.

    A report being released Wednesday also says the devices could even be vulnerable to reprogramming that could stop the devices from delivering a lifesaving shock.

    In the past couple years, more than 100,000 patients in the U.S. alone have been implanted with newer devices that reduce medical visits by sending information to a doctor.

    In the model researchers studied, transmissions from the defibrillator to the bedside monitor are not encrypted.

    That means someone intercepting the transmissions could retrieve personal data about a patient.

    One device-maker, Boston Scientific, said its defibrillators "incorporate encryption and security technologies designed to mitigate hacking risks."

    Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.
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    lol don't **** off any geeks if you have a defib in your chest.

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    That's awesome... I p0wn'd your heart..
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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post
    That's awesome... I p0wn'd your heart..
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    wonder if you could hack it into shocking. That would be so cool....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    wonder if you could hack it into shocking. That would be so cool....
    Then you'd be l337 hax0r

    Actually a good paper on this (since I was bored at work):
    Here

    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 ó if the device had been in a person. In this case, the researcher 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 deviceís maker, had embedded in the implant as a way to let doctors monitor and adjust it without surgery.
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    The experiment required more than $30,000 worth of lab equipment and a sustained effort by a team of specialists from the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts to interpret the data gathered from the implantís signals. And the device the researchers tested, a combination defibrillator and pacemaker called the Maximo, was placed within two inches of the test gear.
    Something tells me that's nothing compared the combined effort of bored emokids looking for a shortcut to grampa's inheritance..
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    wow. who'da thought?

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