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Medical Devices that Are Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks

When you think about the Internet of Things, you probably think of smart refrigerators and smart electric meters, not smart pacemakers, insulin pumps, and x-ray machines. But medical devices and equipment have become increasingly software-based and network-connected, which means they’re now just as vulnerable to the hacks that threaten other digital devices.

What’s more, security issues with medical devices can have more direct life-threatening consequences—just ask former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose doctors disabled the wireless capability in his pacemaker because they were concerned that a hacker could hijack it to deliver a fatal shock to his heart.

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