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Pumping Up The Danger
Radcliffe's most notable contribution to the literature on medical device risks was a demonstration of how to hack an insulin pump wirelessly at the 2011 Black Hat conference. He's a diabetic, so he takes seriously the risk of reprogramming a pump to deliver a dangerously high dose of insulin. Though he tries to avoid being an alarmist, "my biggest fear as a researcher is that people are going to say, 'Oh, nobody's going to die from this, so we shouldn't worry about it,'" he told us. If left unaddressed, the risks could turn real. That makes it important to "push forward to try to make these devices safer for everybody."
Recently, Radcliffe highlighted how easily a simple reset of his current insulin pump could cause it to "forget" how much insulin it previously pumped into his body, resulting in an excessive dose. This wasn't the result of a hack -- he found it to be a danger after he changed the battery -- but it hints at broader problems with the embedded software's fragility.
Healthcare Data Breaches Cost More Than You ThinkHealthcare providers just don't get it. They refuse to see the need to fully secure their protected health information from unauthorized users -- and from authorized users who abuse their access privileges. As a result, they don't allocate enough budgetary resources for securing medical data.
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