October 25, 2011

Pump Hack II

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

http://www.cso.com.au/article/404909/lethal_medical_device_hack_taken_next_level

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.