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Successful remote hacking reported of insulin pump

Medgadget, August 9, 2011

At last week's Black Hat Technical Security Conference, computer security expert and type 1 diabetic Jerome Radcliffe gave a presentation in which he described how he was able to remotely interfere with his own insulin pump and glucose meter. From VentureBeat: Radcliffe tackled the problem of hacking the wireless sensors that collect blood sugar information and transmit it to the insulin pump. He had to figure out what kind of chips are used in the sensors. Since the devices emit wireless signals, the manufacturers have to submit designs to the Federal Communications Commission, which investigates whether the device emits anything harmful. Those filings contained valuable information on how the devices operated, Radcliffe said. The data-sheets for the chips also provided good information, and the patent for the $6,000 or so insulin pump was also useful.