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Black Hat Flashback: The Deadly Consequences of Weak Medical Device Security

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Jan
2023
Black Hat Flashback: The Deadly Consequences of Weak Medical Device Security

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It was a huge wake-up call for the cybersecurity community: Weak security could have deadly consequences.

In 2011, Jay Radcliffe took the stage at Black Hat USA to present deeply personal, and frightening, news — insulin pumps, like the exact one he wore, could be hacked and used to harm or kill.

The implications of the presentation, entitled, “Hacking Medical Devices for Fun and Insulin: Breaking the Human SCADA System,” were broad. And despite some early protests from the medical device community early on, it broke open the field of medical device security.

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