Hackers, those pesky critters that little the Interwebs with malicious code that steals your credit card numbers and casserole recipies, have now turned their attention towards something a little scary: defibrillators.
OK, not really, but it’s possible. Many Americans are outfitted with devices that send wireless data to their doctors, reducing the number of needed office visits. This data, though, is not encrypted. A mean person could sniff out the signal and send code to the devices, that include implanted defibrillators, that could cause them to not function when needed, basically stopping the devices from saving a patient’s life.
Researchers hack defibrillators [Wired]