Aug 302017

Shortly after 9/11, my mother collapsed on the street in NYC. Thanks to super prompt response by police and EMS, she survived and had a pacemaker installed.

And from that moment until her death 11 years later, I never stopped worrying that someone would try to hack her pacemaker.  Today, Ian Sherr reports:

Sometimes life imitates art. In this case, a storyline from a hit spy show is leaping off the screen and could potentially turn deadly.

The FDA sent notice Tuesday that nearly half a million pacemakers from the health company Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical) are vulnerable to being hacked and need a software update to protect them. These devices are typically implanted under the skin in the chest area, with wires that go into the heart to help keep it pumping at a healthy rate.

Read more on CNET.

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