When we think of criminals and mischief-makers cracking into our computer systems, our primary concern, quite correctly, is the loss of valuable and confidential data associated with our insurance business. Now, however, it seems the danger could be more personal—at least for the millions around the world who have implantable medical devices.
According to a recent posting on ScienceDaily, such medical devices, from pacemakers and defibrillators to brain stimulators and drug pumps, are implanted in 300,000 people worldwide every year (in addition to the millions already implanted). Most such devices have wireless connections, so that doctors can monitor patients' vital signs or revise treatment programs. But recent research has shown that this leaves the devices vulnerable to attack.
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