Medical Devices

White-hat hacker who cracked security code on insulin pump has died


According to Reuters, Barnaby Jack, the director of Embedded Security Research at IOActive,  has died in San Francisco. He was to give a talk about the wireless cyber threats surrounding pacemakers and ICDs titled “Implantable Medical Devices: Hacking Humans” at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas next week.

From Jack’s summary of the presentation:

“This talk will focus on the security of wireless implantable medical devices. I will discuss how these devices operate and communicate and the security shortcomings of the current protocols. Our internal research software will be revealed that utilizes a common bedside transmitter to scan for and interrogate individual medical implants.

“I will also discuss ideas manufacturers can implement to improve the security of these devices.”

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