Archive - Mar 31, 2019

Archive - Mar 31, 2019

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Hackers Can Take Over Heart Devices, DHS warns

Any connected device these days is a potential target of hackers—and that now includes defibrillators.

Implantable defibrillators made by Minneapolis, Mn.-based Medtronic could allow an attacker to interfere with and collect sensitive data from the devices, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a medical advisory.

A defibrillator is used to treat a life-threatening cardiac event by resetting the electrical state of the heart so that it can beat normally. In Medtronic's case, the defibrillator uses an unsecured protocol to communicate with other devices.

The vulnerability only requires “low skill level,” the DHS advisory said.

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