Conspiracy theories abound in the wake of medical device hacker's death

July 30, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

Internet forums explode with conspiracy theories in the wake of the untimely death of medical device hacker Barnaby Jack, who passed away just days before he was set to reveal how he hacked a cardiac implant.

Conspiracy theories abound in the wake of medical device hacker's death

Deaths of public figures often give rise to a raft of speculation and the passing of prominent cybersecurity expert and medical device hacker Barnaby Jack was no exception.

Jack, who passed away at the age of 35, was just days away from releasing his latest 'exploit' in a highly anticipated presentation at the international cybersecurity conference, Black Hat, in Las Vegas. Having made a name for himself by discovering vulnerabilities in ATM systems, Jack had begun tinkering with medical devices and was slated to present his work on cybersecurity risks in implantable pacemakers and defibrillators.

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Given the sometimes shadowy world of cybersecurity and the ongoing battles between hacker groups like Anonymous and governments and corporations around the world, the conspiracy theories were all but inevitable.

"It's definitely a well-orchestrated assassination," user Hankhill wrote on the hacker forum "He has made many enemies from many sides, there are many out there who just want him to go away."