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.