Thursday August 04, 2011

Insulin Pumps, Monitors Vulnerable to Hacking

First it was pace makers, now insulin pumps are vulnerable to hackers? What kind of sick bastard would hack a pace maker or insulin pump?

Even the human bloodstream isn't safe from computer hackers. A security researcher who is diabetic has identified flaws that could allow an attacker to remotely control insulin pumps and alter the readouts of blood-sugar monitors. As a result, diabetics could get too much or too little insulin, a hormone they need for proper metabolism.