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Hacking Medical Devices to Make Them Secure

The latest generation of medical devices (such as pacemakers, insulin pumps or neurostimulators) often has an antenna to enable wireless communication for remote reprogramming and monitoring.

While the benefits for patients are substantial, this also opens the door to attacks – compromising the patient’s privacy, or even worse, endangering his or her life.

In this demo, we analyse the security and privacy risks of a commonly-used neurostimulator’s wireless communication protocol – thereby identifying several weaknesses which can lead to security breaches. At the same time, we evaluate potential countermeasures.

 

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