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Researcher reverse-engineers pacemaker transmitter to deliver deadly shocks

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  • From TFA:

    In a video demonstration, which Jack declined to release publicly because it may reveal the name of the manufacturer, ...

    Instead of hiding the name of the pacemaker manufacturer, that Jack guy should revealed it.

    The benefit of revealing the information far out-weight security via obfuscation - thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people may have this type of pacemaker inside their body and they have the right to know what's coming !

    By revealing the name, the patients would have a chance to replace their pacemaker with a different (and hopefully, more secure) type.

    Jack said his goal was not to cause harm, but to help manufacturers secure their devices.

    This "Jack" guy might be a hack

  • by sjames (1099)

    Much worse, the hack allows for new firmware to be uploaded. Imagine if at some date a few years from now, everyone with an insecure pacemaker drops over dead and then the firmware wipes itself.

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