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“Scientists work to keep hackers out of implanted medical devices”

CNN reports on a research presentation by UW CSE Ph.D. student Tamara Denning.

“Nathanael Paul likes the convenience of the insulin pump that regulates his diabetes. It communicates with other gadgets wirelessly and adjusts his blood sugar levels automatically.  But, a few years ago, the computer scientist started to worry about the security of this setup.  What if someone hacked into that system and sent his blood sugar levels plummeting?   skyrocketing?  Those scenarios could be fatal.  ‘If your computer fails, no one dies,’ he said in a phone interview. ‘If your insulin pump fails, you have problems.’  As sci-fi as it sounds, Paul’s fears are founded in reality.”

Read the article here.

April 16, 2010