Biological Warfare: Tampering With Implantable Medical Devices
Publication/Creation DateOctober 2015
DescriptionThere is a rising need to be able to protect those with implantable medical devices from being hacked. This article discusses that issue. Abstract: IMDs have been around since 1958. They include pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators, insulin pumps, cochlear implants, and neurostimulators. In the US, they're regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, over the years, there has been a lack of focus on issues surrounding possible cyberattacks that tamper with IMDs. We certainly have made advances in IMDs over the past six decades, especially in the areas of biocompabitility, structural design of devices and delivery systems, power management, and detection or wireless communication issues. We still need, however, to take a closer look at security issues relating to IMDs in the near future.
Date archivedJune 6 2016
Last editedOctober 19 2018