Medtronic’s Implantable Defibrillators Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Thursday issued an advisory warning people of severe vulnerabilities in over a dozen heart defibrillators that could allow attackers to fully hijack them remotely, potentially putting lives of millions of patients at risk.

Cardioverter Defibrillator is a small surgically implanted device (in patients’ chests) that gives a patient’s heart an electric shock (often called a countershock) to re-establish a normal heartbeat.

While the device has been designed to prevent sudden death, several implanted cardiac defibrillators made by one of the world’s largest medical device companies Medtronic have been found vulnerable to two serious vulnerabilities.

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Source:  The Hacker News