The myriad of possibilities that hackers can exploit now seems limitless. Just recently, security researchers discovered another apparatus that is vulnerable to possible hacking, this time a heart device, The New York Times reports.
The report says it is possible to obtain wireless access to a certain cardiac device which is a combination of heart defibrillator and pacemaker, enabling the person to fully control it. Both devices are used to restore the normal rhythm of the heart through electric shots. When controlled, an unauthorized user can alter the device to shut down or even to fire electric jolts, a truly “heart-stopping” scenario.
According to Ivan Macalintal, Advanced Threats Analyst, it might be too expensive to launch such an attack because of the value of the equipments involved. This story, however, proves that no gadget is safe from hacking. A number of electronic devices/gadgets have been previously found to be vulnerable to similar hack attacks: from printers to digital photo frames and photocopiers. Now, even advancements in medicine are a potential avenue that bad guys can exploit.