Who even thinks of this stuff? Well besides wicked smaht people like Borepatch, that is? Apparently other cyber security people, who are not only worried about today’s hacking, but hacking in the future.
BLACK HAT USA 2011 — Las Vegas — A security researcher at Black Hat yesterday demonstrated how a hacker could remotely turn off a diabetic person’s insulin pump without his knowledge. The findings came after months of research delving into the security of the portable medical devices that monitor diabetics’ blood-sugar levels and those that deliver the body-chemistry-balancing insulin necessary to keep those levels in check throughout the day.
If this guy can hack into a continuous glucometer and insulin pump, there is likely nothing to stop other people from hacking into implanted defibrillators, pacemakers, or Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD). Implanted defibrillators and pacemakers can be accessed externally to read and adjust the devices. They can be disrupted by microwaves and screening machines at airport, so they are not totally shielded.
Imagine a world leader with an implanted defibrillator. Imagine that someone wants to kill him. Imagine that someone builds a device that can cause the defibrillator to go haywire. Imagine that the device looks like, oh, say a iPhone, Droid, or other smart phone. Gives “there’s an app for that” a whole new meaning.
When one of my readers writes and sells that novel, I only want small royalties.
If something like that happens in real life, “You didn’t hear it from me.”
This world sure gone crazy.