Not just your computer….but your heart….attacked!
Just about everyone is aware that that your computer can be attacked, your digital network at work can be breached, your credit card data stolen from a retailer and your mobile device hacked….but did you know that…literally…you could have your heart attacked by those with malicious intent?
Strange but true, but according to a recent report many people have just that potential vulnerability. As technology creeps into every tiny facet of our lives it is moving steadliy into the medical profession. It seems that some manufacturers of medical implants such as fusion pumps and implantable heart devices have been incorporating a tiny surprise into those medical marvels…micro chips. Of course as we all know…if there is a chip….there is a way to interfere with it. Finkle (2014) writes that:
“Private cybersecurity researcher Billy Rios said he discovered the alleged bug but declined to identify the manufacturer of the pump. Rios said he wrote a program that could remotely force multiple pumps to dose patients with potentially lethal amounts of drugs. He submitted his analysis to the DHS”.
Now, I realize that this sounds like a story line from a TV drama and a bit far fetched, but before it happened who would have believed that people would fly planes into building, government agencies in certain countries would spy on its citizens, young kids would want to leave their home to join a terrorist organization or we would all have Dick Tracy wrist phones. The simple fact is, if there is a vulnerability in any device, someone, be they demented or bored or seeking thrills…or with serious malicious intent is going to find a way to exploit that vulnerability and do harm.
We live in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology and we need to recognize that every bit of it, unless protected is a target.
Finkle, J. (2014). ‘US government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws’ Retrieved from the Internet on 10/23/2014 at