LAS VEGAS, Nv. — Medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps keep people alive, so they must be secure.
That’s why security researchers at the hacker conference DEF CON in Las Vegas told Channel 2 understanding how they work and what potential flaw exist is key.
Ted Harrington is an executive partner with Independent Security Evaluators in Baltimore. He helped organize IOT Hacking Village—an area of DEF CON set up for researchers to dig into connected devices of all kinds.
“If an attacker was to compromise a connected medical device that is doing something to a patient, such as administering a drug or manipulating your heartbeat, that could have a really serious outcome for patient,” Harrington explained. “[It could] harm or potentially in extreme cases cause fatality to that patient.”
Ken Munro and his team from Pen Test Partners in Bletchley, England said the best place to start looking at any connected device isn’t always the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
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