The FDA Is Recalling 465,000 Pacemakers Due To Hacking Risk

Submitted by: trimble 3 months ago in News & Politics

There is only one solution - shoot the hackers.

An excerpt from McClatchy: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling nearly 500,000 pacemakers — the device that controls one’s heartbeat — citing concerns that they are vulnerable to hacking.

The FDA issued the recall Tuesday for 465,000 pacemakers created by health company Abbott Laboratories (formerly St. Jude Medical).

There are six types of pacemakers, all radio-controlled, affected by the recall, according to The Guardian.

“The pacemaker devices to which this update applies include the RF telemetry versions of the following devices in the U.S.: Accent SR RF™, Accent MRI™, Assurity™, Assurity MRI™, Accent DR RF™, Anthem RF™, Allure RF™, Allure Quadra RF™, and Quadra Allure MP RF™,” read the St. Jude Medical website.
There are 9 comments:
Male 603
it was the hackers who went out and found the problems too, think they'd say you're quite welcome for them saving some lives. Maybe if the companies cited had cared enough, they'd have properly shielded their devices from unwarranted outside influence, but no, they were too busy saving a buck and pushing product :).
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Male 3,812
I used to work for an experimental station that had an electromagnet the size of a room that was so strong it would rip a pacemaker out of your chest.

There were other scary things there too, like monkeys and dogs and tunnels the lead underground into the darkness.

Oh the stories of an IT professional...
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Male 3,710
kalron27 That's actually pretty cool!

The only thing I've really gotten is sick. (I'm an IT guy at a local school)
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Male 5,428
Regarding your comment, "Shoot the hackers," I kind of agree. I think hackers and creators of malware haven't been punished with the severity their crimes deserve and I think that's largely because the generation that makes the laws and that has been imposing the sentences has been technologically illiterate. It's my hope that as those people in power retire and are replaced with people who understand computing better, the sentences will become a lot more severe.

If you write a piece of malware and deliberately send it out to the world, causing 10 million people to lose three hours minimum of their lives, your jail sentence ought to reflect that number. 30 million hours is over 3,000 years, so a direct correlation wouldn't work, but how about we multiply the hours by 0.01? That would be a 34-year sentence. Sounds about right to me.
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Male 3,710
squrlz4ever I actually want to write a piece of software that's not harmful to anyone's livelihood, computer, etc. What I want it to do is that I place it on a thumb drive. I'd "lose" the drive in a public place. When someone sticks the drive into their computer, it would make a copy of itself onto the hard drive. Any time another drive is put into the computer, it would make a copy of itself onto that thumb drive, ad infinitum.
Then, I would like it to send the general location of where the software is (I don't want personal information, just general location), and I'd just like to see how far it can go. Then I would have it delete itself after a month after the first 'infection'.

I would never actually carry that out, because my moral compass wouldn't let me, but I still think it'd be interesting.
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Male 3,812
squrlz4ever Hmmm..."causing 10 million people to lose three hours minimum of their lives"  I guess it is the anarchist\hacker in me but losing 3 hrs of what I am assuming is either work or leisure time for hacking is kind of a 1st world problem and kind of funny (IE: Elliot from Mr. ROBOT).   

As an IT professional, I look at that as how the industry evolves, people might be pissed but no perma-harm done and we learn\grow from it.  After all, it exposes exploits that need to be updated.

However, in this case, as well as other cases of people who show how you can hack a modern car to accelerate uncontrollably, they should be subjected to your justice.  There is a difference between exposing exploits that cause annoyances and full on harm to others.  (IE:  Mr. ROBOT from Mr. ROBOT)
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Male 4,218
Sounds like a bad movie plot.
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Male 7
daegog yup it probably be a heart racing suspense thiller
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