Jerome Radcliffe, an IT security expert and a diabetic, has shown that medical devices such as insulin pumps and glucose monitors can possible be hacked remotely. He found that his insulin pump, which uses a wireless remote, could be reprogrammed to be controlled by any remote. All that is required is a simple USB device that can be easily bought online. Hackers could send commands to the insulin pump with potentially deadly results.
Glucose monitors are also not secure. Radcliffe also tested his glucose monitor and found that he could intercept the wireless signals containing blood sugar levels and manipulate them. Hackers could send a signal with fake blood sugar levels and fool the user into thinking their blood sugar levels were at safe limits when they were not.
This demonstrates that almost any device can be hacked. Medical devices are particularly troublesome as hackers could seriously injure or even kill someone with one of these devices. Pacemakers and defibrillators have already been shown to be vulnerable, and it’s only a matter of time before other devices are vulnerable.