Pacemakers can be hijacked by radio

时间:2019-03-02 11:09:03166网络整理admin

IT GIVES new meaning to the term “heart attack”. Last week researchers led by William Maisel at Harvard University used a commercially available radio transmitter to hijack the software on a device that acts as both a heart pacemaker and defibrillator. The device was not implanted in anyone, but the experiment raises the prospect of hackers being able to disrupt a person’s heartbeat or stealthily administer damaging shocks. Is the threat of a hacker-instigated heart attack imminent? “The chances of someone being harmed by malicious reprogramming of their device is remote,” says Maisel. However, implanted drug pumps and neurostimulators,