Hackers Outsmart Pacemakers, Fitbits: Worried Yet? - InformationWeek
Hackers Outsmart Pacemakers, Fitbits: Worried Yet?
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12/12/2013 | 2:47:38 PM
Privacy too
I'm a privacy advocate and that along with security are two big issues for me.  The data selling epidemic in the US is so bad as you have the likes of Walgreens making about a billion a year selling data and Fitbit's model is built around selling data profiles...have a campaign for the FTC to license and excise tax all data sellers so they can regulate it.  Can't do that until we have an index..that would be a license.

Oh wellness companies owned by insurance companies love to get a hold of data like this and it will end up in some analytics program to fix you in some fasion or another or potentially in time to deny access to something or someone.


I am all over the FTC all the time about this.  There's a new "open" device out there which would allow one to choose their platform to use with it and that in time may be a plus as it would be out there for everyone to jump and fix flaws, security or otherwise. 
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12/12/2013 | 1:05:40 PM
No thanks to that network
Human bodies with a network of implanted medical devices? No thank you. I prefer to remain my own network administrator.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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12/12/2013 | 10:05:18 AM
Sooner or later ...
The cybersecurity researchers are trying to raise enough of an alarm to change things, without being alarmist. Yet I have to wonder how long it will be before a real hack of someone's pacemaker comes to light, or some other life critical incident occurs.

Or is this really too far-fetched? Granted, there are easier ways to kill someone.
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12/12/2013 | 9:52:24 AM
Oh my
I'm a tad more worried about hackers messing with pacemakers than with Fitbits. Nonetheless, this is beyond wrong.

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