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McAfee Claims Successful Insulin Pump Attack 196

Posted by Soulskill
from the as-if-we-needed-more-biological-vulnerabilities dept.
judgecorp writes "Intel security subsidiary McAfee has claimed a successful wireless attack on insulin pumps that diabetics rely on to control blood sugar. While previous attempts to attack insulin pumps have met with mixed success, McAfee's Barnaby Jack says he has persuaded an insulin pump to deliver 45 days worth of insulin in one go, without triggering the pump's vibrating alert safety feature. All security experts still say that surgical implants are a benefit overall."
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McAfee Claims Successful Insulin Pump Attack

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  • by Zorque (894011) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @06:29PM (#39637697)

    You've really never heard of security companies coming up with exploits first so they know how to solve them in case somebody else has the same idea?

  • Re:Wow (Score:5, Insightful)

    by zAPPzAPP (1207370) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @06:32PM (#39637723)

    So what?
    If someone throws a rock into your windshield, you die. We still drive cars.
    Hell, if someone sticks a knife into you, you die. Everyone uses knives.

    If someone wants you dead, there are a miriad ways to do it. The problem is not with those attack vectors, but with the fact, that someone is after your life.
    This is not a 'security breach', is is murder. And it takes a murderer to do it.

    This is just another case of 'same old, but now on the intertubes/with a computer!!'.

  • Re:Wow (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Reverand Dave (1959652) on Tuesday April 10, 2012 @06:54PM (#39637973)
    Yeah but a lot of the time people don't kill other people because of the evidence trail, or just sheer inconvenience of it. If it was as easy as hitting a "run" button on your smartphone, people might not be so hesitant. The fear of being caught keeps a lot of people honest and if people didn't have that fear, how honest would people really be in today's society? I doubt that i'd have the restraint at, say, a westboro protest or a teaparty rally.

Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat. -- Ambrose Bierce