October 25, 2011

Pump Hack II

From the news wire: Pump hacked by sniffing serial number.


I get that hacking is seen as a noble endeavor, particularly by the practitioners. My gripe is that while there are significant computing shills involved the communications leave me cold.

Consider these headlines:

Lethal medical device hack taken to next level
Attacker sniffs insulin pump ID, delivers fatal dose

To me these articles project a cavalier attitude of, 'We play games with devices that keep people alive.'

There is an FDA process for reporting device flaws. That seems more useful and a nobel a channel of communications than general media. If reason for the hacks is to motivate change then the FDA is in a position to see that it happens.

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