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St. Jude ICDs vulnerable to hacking? FDA Advisory

Posted: January 10th, 2017, 12:49 am
by Cynaburst

Re: St. Jude ICDs vulnerable to hacking? FDA Advisory

Posted: January 10th, 2017, 11:07 am
by Colin Pearson
Speculation has been going on about this ever since that episode of "Homeland" aired where one of the characters had his ICD or Pacemaker hacked.

Very scary stuff to watch.

But I think the chances of it happening are quite slim as;

How would any hacker know a person had an ICD?
Any hacker would have to get very close to you with a computer.

Re: St. Jude ICDs vulnerable to hacking? FDA Advisory

Posted: January 10th, 2017, 11:34 am
by Cynaburst
The software patch seems to address many of the issues. Leave your Merlin monitor on!

Re: St. Jude ICDs vulnerable to hacking? FDA Advisory

Posted: January 10th, 2017, 1:28 pm
by Colin Pearson
Mine is a Boston Sci.

Probably to be in the news next week....

Re: St. Jude ICDs vulnerable to hacking? FDA Advisory

Posted: January 10th, 2017, 2:34 pm
by Cynaburst
I think that if someone tried hard enough, these devices can all be hacked. The thing is, would someone care enough to do it? And lastly, isn't it worth the risk if you needed the device to save your life?

Re: St. Jude ICDs vulnerable to hacking? FDA Advisory

Posted: January 16th, 2017, 11:20 pm
by InSync
If you don't already know it, you might be interested in the story of Barnaby Jack, a black hat hacker who died just before demonstrating that he could hack an ICD. Shortly before his death, he joined this site, attempting to buy used ICDs.