Thursday, 13 March 2008

Wireless Pacemaking

Sometimes, you just don't think about what things contain a wireless device. Then again, I am fortunate enough that I have not had to think about something like a pacemaker. When you do think about something like a pacemaker, you can see the benefits of wireless technology. One could obtain diagnostic information or even, if necessary, fine tune the pace maker without requiring physical access to it.

Of course it is only a matter of time before you start to wonder about the safety of wireless technology in such a device. Technews brought the whole subject to my attention. In their news round up, they listed an article from a research group who found that they could hack into a pacemaker and get it to perform various actions.

And today, Technews reports that some electronic equipment such as digital frames, ipods, and sat-nav devices, come with viruses preinstalled. They suspect that these incidents are accidental and occur when a test PC is accidentally infected by an employee, but if you were a conspiracy theorist...

I wonder can you get a virus checker for a pacemaker?

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