"Cyber" Attacks on Your Heart? University of Michigan and University of South Carolina Scientists Test the E-Security of Pacemakers

Published: May 17, 2013

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The type of sensors that pick up the rhythm of a beating heart in implanted cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers are vulnerable to tampering, according to a new study conducted in controlled laboratory conditions. Implantable defibrillators monitor the heart for irregular beating and, when necessary, administer an electric shock to bring it back into normal rhythm. Pacemakers use electrical pulses to continuously keep the heart in pace.

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