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Pacemakers vulnerable to hacking

By Staff   

News Health Care cyberattack firmware hacking malware

According to a recent article on the Globe and Mail website, a huge number of pacemakers may be vulnerable to hacking.

The article states:

A staggering 745,000 pacemakers could be hacked – if they don’t get a firmware update.

The manufacturer, Abbott, has issued a firmware update that has “additional security measures” for the pacemakers.

The pacemakers were made by St. Jude, which was acquired by Abbott in 2017.

The security measures include data encryption and the “ability to disable network connectively features,” the company said.

The majority of those pacemakers are located in the U.S., with an unknown number in Canada. Health Canada is aware of the issue. Read the full story on the Globe website here.

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