Last week, Barnaby Jack, a researcher at McAfee Inc., demonstrated how a hacker could kill a diabetic by stealing the security credentials of an insulin pump. Jack made the demonstration at the RSA security conference in San Francisco using a see-through mannequin. By using a program he had written, he instructed the pump to inject insulin into a plastic bag meant to represent a pancreas. Jack’s demonstration is similar to that of Jay Radcliffe, who hacked into his own insulin pump at last year’s Black Hat security conference. In a blog post on Medtech Pulse, MPMN Editor in Chief Shana Leonard argues that there may be a better way of drawing attention to these issues than public demonstrations that could inspire real hackers.
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