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

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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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Lindsey Alexander is an Indiana-based freelance writer and editor covering the medical device industry. She earned a degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's from Purdue.
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