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Flaws in brain stimulation tech could let hackers erase or hold memories for ransom

29
Oct
2018
Flaws in brain stimulation tech could let hackers erase or hold memories for ransom

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Oh goody! Erasing memories or rewriting them and then implanting false ones are not just the stuff of sci-fi or horror flicks, as a new report warns that hackers will be able to attack the memories of people with implanted brain stimulation devices.

New research by Kaspersky Lab and the University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group identified vulnerabilities currently in implanted devices used for deep brain stimulation. The devices, known as neurostimulators or implantable pulse generators, send electrical impulses to parts of the brain; they can be used to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder, major depression and essential tremor.

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