UPDATE: Could a medical device be used to cyberassassinate?

October 26, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Medtronic responds to a McAfee report on the potential for malicious hackers to use insulin pumps as a weapon for cyber assassination, detailing the steps it's taking to confront the issue and reassure patients that the devices are safe.

Masked hacker

At least one Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT) insulin pump has software vulnerabilities that could make it a target for malicious hacks and other models may also be at risk, according to software security giant McAfee.

The McAfee team developed code that allowed it to take over the insulin pump, altering its programming and even administering potentially lethal doses from as much as 300 feet away.

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