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hacking a pacemaker

Almost a year ago I gave a talk at the CCC Camp in Germany I called "hacking the bionic man". It even made Wired, in some fashion.

In the talk, among other things such as the DNA and scripting languages, medical doctors and reverse engineers... was about cybernetic hacking. I gave some predictions, some for 2 years, others 40 years. Some again were pure science fiction. I was wrong on the 2 years, it's here.

Today, this came up in the news (hat tip to Paul Ferguson on the funsec mailing list):

" 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 . if the device had been in a person. In this case, the researcher were hacking into a device in a laboratory. "

	Gadi Evron.