Barnaby Jack, who famously hacked ATMs and claimed to be able to hack pacemakers in order to kill patients remotely, was confirmed dead on Friday
by the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office. He was 36. As of now, no cause of death has been reported. He was scheduled to speak next week at a Las Vegas hacker conference, where he intended to describe his approach for hacking implantable medical devices in humans.One month ago, on June 25, Vice spoke to Barnaby by phone.
Having your heart wirelessly hacked and set to explode at 830 volts could be viewed as a bit of a setback if you're considering getting a pacemaker fitted. It could also be viewed as the kind of thing that would only happen in a Jason Statham movie about a serial killer with an irrational hatred of severe arrhythmia sufferers. But it's not.
Earlier this month, the FDA sent a report to medical tech manufacturers warning against backdoors in their devices' computer systems. They were told that these flaws in security could allow hackers to access life-saving heart and kidney equipment, tamper with it and potentially kill the patient. Which I'd imagine is the last thing you'd want on your mind when your heart and kidneys are already so bad that you need specialist technology to keep them going....'
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