Implantable Device Security

The issue of security for implantable devices has come up again. As you may recall, security vulnerabilities for medical devices have already been uncovered. Last year Tamara Denning, B.S., Yoky Matsuoka, Ph.D., anD Tadayoshi Kohno, Ph.D. of the University of Washington wrote a paper about Neurosecurity: security and privacy for neural devices ; see Neurosecurity Concerns In Neural Implant Tech for more.

This week, however, Researchers from Medical Device Safety Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle published an article in the latest New England Journal of Medicine suggesting technological and regulatory actions that they hope will increase the security of implantable medical devices.


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As fans of Ghost in the Shell know, cyberbrain hacking is no laughing matter.

In WWW: Wake, Robert J. Sawyer tells the story of Caitlin Decter, a blind teenager who gets on the Internet with the use of assistive devices.

When she gets the opportunity to have a special implant that might, with the help of a small external computer, help her to see, she jumps at it. However, her device (cleverly called an "eyePod") is "hacked" by an unexpected entity. She develops "websight":

Although each part of the Web she was was unique, it all followed the same general pattern: colored lines representing links, glowing circles of various sizes and brightness indicating websites...
(Read more about Sawyer's websight)

Via MedGadget.

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