Cardiac hacking?

From Null Hypothesis, the news that having to have a pacemaker fitted may not be traumatic enough in itself, without hearing that medical staff are now realising that the new, snazzy wifi enabled pacemakers they’re fitting may be a health hazard in themselves!

The pacemakers are wifi enabled, to allow easy downloading of data and checks of the device, meaning the recipient doesn’t have to make as many routine hospital visits. Which is a good thing indeed!
What they hadn’t really taken into account is the fact that wifi also means that, theoretically, the pacemakers are hackable, allowing them to be reprogrammed and potentially triggering life threatening palpitations.

Thankfully, it’s not likely to ever happen, but if have a pacemaker, and your heart starts to race in a wifi cafe, maybe it’s not just the caffeine rush…

Author: Jennie

Law, libraries, books, crafts, and general geekery.

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