Hackers Want To Give You A Heart Attack -- Literally?

from the talk-about-malicious! dept

It seems to be based on no actually information other than a "well, in some certain cases, maybe, it could sorta happen," but here's an article saying that hackers may try to reprogram your pacemaker. A few years back, pacemakers were approved to transmit data wirelessly -- which seems like a good thing. A doctor can more closely monitor how a patient is doing. More recently, studies showed that WiFi doesn't appear to interfere with pacemakers. However, this article still wants you to be very, very afraid. They admit that the data is encrypted, but say there's still some possibility that they could hack into your heart. This might be a situation where someone should step back and ask what's the real likelihood of this happening?


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 24th, 2005 @ 10:32am

    What's the likelyhood of this happening?

    I suppose it depends on whether the pacemaker's embedded in my grandfather or Dick Cheney...

     

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    dorpus, Feb 24th, 2005 @ 4:30pm

    Jesus Christ

    I just almost had a heart attack right now, because I was in the bathroom for 10 minutes, then when I turned on the shower, the cat suddenly jumped out of the cabinet. How many Americans are killed by their cats every year?

     

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, Feb 25th, 2005 @ 6:21am

    Re: Jesus Christ

    How many Americans are killed by their cats every year?

    Until one kills you, Dorpus? Not enough...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2005 @ 9:22am

    Re: Jesus Christ

    AMEN !

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 4th, 2006 @ 12:46am

    Re: Jesus Christ

    some ppl say curiosity killed the cat. i think the curious cat killed the person.

     

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    Weird Guy, Mar 15th, 2006 @ 11:44pm

    I jumped out of the cabinet when my cat was in the room and killed it

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 8:06pm

    My Cabinet jumped out of my cat when the shower turned me on...

     

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    zainab, Jul 11th, 2006 @ 10:47am

    murder in a park

    i want to give a story about murder in a park

     

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