It was a warning you first read right here in the Daily Dose, one that was dismissed as alarmist hooey by the mainstream media.
But the latest warning proves there’s no hooey here — because if you have an implantable device inside you right now, you could be targeted by hackers!
Johnson & Johnson was forced to issue a warning over its Animas OneTouch Ping Insulin Infusion Pump, which comes with a remote control so you can tweak insulin levels about as easily as you change the TV channel.
But it turns out those commands are sent via radio frequencies that haven’t been scrambled to prevent unauthorized access.
Yes. Unencrypted. Here in 2016.
Who thought that was a good idea???
They say the risk is low for the people with Type 1 diabetes who use it — and sure, maybe it is.
After all, since it’s controlled by radio frequency, a hacker would have to be within 25 feet — right there in the room with you, or at least peeping in your window.
But that’s not the case with the growing number of other “connected” devices that can be read and even controlled remotely by a doctor or hospital — including pacemakers and other brands and models of insulin pumps.
As more devices “go online,” this risk becomes more real — especially when you consider that middle school lockers are more secure than many of these things.
ANYTHING sent over the Internet can be exploited by hackers — and if they crack these devices, you could be at the mercy of some creep in Russia or China.
One minute, you’re thrilled with the convenience of a “connected” device inside your body… and happy you don’t have to visit the doctor or hospital as often as you used to, since they can keep tabs on you remotely.
The next, some cyber-villain is screwing with your heart rhythm or insulin levels.
So think twice before turning your body into the next frontier in “cyber-living,” or you could find your body is the next front in the cyber-war.
And if you absolutely DO need a wireless device, do your homework. The Department of Homeland Security last year issued a warning that at least 300 wireless medical devices came with pre-installed passwords like “1234” — that CAN’T BE CHANGED!
Make sure you have a secure model with a complex password that can be changed — ideally by you, so if you ever get a threat you can quickly change the code and lock them out.