In the US, the government’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled a number of pacemakers because it’s worried about their vulnerability to hack attacks. Around 500,000 people there have pacemakers that are considered to be at risk. Apparently it’s possible to take over the pacemaker at a short distance, around 50 feet, and make it increase or slow down.
“The FDA reminds patients, patient caregivers, and health care providers that any medical device connected to a communications network (e.g. Wi-Fi, public or home Internet) may have cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could be exploited by unauthorized users,” says the FDA.
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