Biological Warfare: Tampering With Implantable Medical Devices

Publication Title
Securing IT
Publication/Creation Date
October 2015
William Maisel (contributor)
Jay Liebowitz (creator)
Robert Schaller (creator)
Billy Rios (contributor)
Terry McCorkle (contributor)
Food And Drug Administration (FDA) (contributor)
University Of Pennsylvania (contributor)
Harvard Medical School (contributor)
Harrisburg University Of Science And Technology (contributor)
US Department Of Homeland Security (contributor)
Medtronic (contributor)
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent
There 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.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Entire Body
Marketing Keywords
James Bond, Cylance, Medtronic, Bluetooth

Date archived
June 6 2016
Last edited
October 19 2018
How to cite this entry
Jay Liebowitz, Robert Schaller. (October 2015). "Biological Warfare: Tampering With Implantable Medical Devices". Securing IT. Fabric of Digital Life.