Posts Tagged ‘hacking’

Human Hacking Fears; Half a Million Pacemakers Recalled

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017


You know you’re living in the future when half a million people are called in for a personal firmware update.

Two weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled 465,000 pacemakers after discovering security flaws that could allow hackers to run batteries down or alter people’s heartbeats.

In May, researchers at a security firm discovered these and many other pacemakers could be intercepted using equipment as cheap as $15, and all bought on eBay.

Since pacemakers are battery-operated devices that are surgically implanted into a patient’s chest to control their heartbeats, the risk to human life was obvious.

“As medical devices become increasingly interconnected via the Internet, hospital networks, other medical devices, and smartphones, there is an increased risk of exploitation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, some of which could affect how a medical device operates,” the FDA stated in a security advisory.


Tailoring Backup Practices to Common Security Threats

Friday, February 5th, 2016

tailoring your backup scenarios to security threats

As an IT professional in 2016, security is a big concern. That’s why infosec is becoming a larger and larger part of IT budgets around the world as each year passes. But what you may not be aware of is the vital role that backups can play in protecting against or recovering from some of the most virulent security threats to your IT infrastructure. Ensuring your backup practices are best-practice can be a great defense against a lot of vulnerabilities. Let’s take a look at why that is, and how you can ensure yours are up to the job.