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J&J warns diabetic patients - Insulin pump vulnerable to hacking

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#1 JohnC_21


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 12:52 PM

Johnson & Johnson is telling patients that it has learned of a security vulnerability in one of its insulin pumps that a hacker could exploit to overdose diabetic patients with insulin, though it describes the risk as low.
Medical device experts said they believe it was the first time a manufacturer had issued such a warning to patients about a cyber vulnerability, a hot topic in the industry following revelations last month about possible bugs in pacemakers and defibrillators.
J&J executives told Reuters they knew of no examples of attempted hacking attacks on the device, the J&J Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump. The company is nonetheless warning customers and providing advice on how to fix the problem.
"The probability of unauthorized access to the OneTouch Ping system is extremely low," the company said in letters sent on Monday to doctors and about 114,000 patients who use the device in the United States and Canada.


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Edited by boopme, 04 October 2016 - 01:48 PM.

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#2 TheJokerz


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 02:08 PM

That is scary!  Thanks for the share


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 02:23 PM

Those medical devices are just part of the IoT and nobody really cares about the security!


Found this article from 2011(!) on a likewise issue!

The thing is that the guy in the article at that point switched to a "Johnson & Johnson" device to be safe...  :rolleyes:


Modern times...

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:04 AM

If any patient dies, would the hacker be accused of murder? Or would some slimy shyster get him/her off?

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 09:36 PM


If any patient dies, would the hacker be accused of murder?

IMO they should be charged with murder, messing with medical equipment like this is no joke.

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 10:12 PM

Now, that's a story for Mechanic 3.

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