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FDA: St. Jude Implantable Cardiac Devices Can Be Hacked

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By    |   Monday, 09 Jan 2017 05:59 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued a safety warning for St. Jude's implantable cardiac devices because of susceptibility to hacking, CNN Money reports.

Pacemakers, defibrillators, and resynchronization devices were all listed as vulnerable, along with the St. Jude Medical Merlin@home Transmitter, which uses a home monitor to transmit and receive RF signals to wirelessly connect to the patient's implanted cardiac device and read the data stored on the device.

The FDA said an outsider could potentially hack the systems and "modify programming commands to the implanted device, which could result in rapid battery depletion and/or administration of inappropriate pacing or shocks."

As a result, a software patch has been developed by St. Jude to reduce the risk of cyber security vulnerabilities.

"The patch is intended to reduce the risk of unauthorized individuals exploiting the vulnerability and support patient safety," FDA spokeswoman Angela Stark told Reuters. "The FDA has maintained this focus on addressing patient safety first and foremost throughout its investigation."

The FDA opened a probe in August after claims by the research firm Muddy Waters and cyber security firm MedSec Holdings that the devices were riddled with security flaws.

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