Pacemakers now added to the list of devices that have now been identified as having insufficient security.
It's a fast becoming clear that too many companies have been producing connected devices with far too little regard given to security implications. In all too many cases it seems to be an after thought, only when vulnerabilities have been exposed do they start to consider the implications of their devices being hacked, whatever they may be.
This needs to change.
Almost half a million pacemakers have been recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to fears that their lax cybersecurity could be hacked to run the batteries down or even alter the patient’s heartbeat. The recall won’t see the pacemakers removed, which would be an invasive and dangerous medical procedure for the 465,000 people who have them implanted: instead, the manufacturer has issued a firmware update which will be applied by medical staff to patch the security holes.