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    Henry Brown

    From Rice University News:

    Rice University researchers propose touch-to-access security for implanted devices

    Pacemakers, insulin pumps, defibrillators and other implantable medical devices often have wireless capabilities that allow emergency workers to monitor patients. But these devices have a potential downside: They can be hacked.

    Farinaz Koushanfar, left, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University, and graduate student Masoud Rostami have created a system to secure implantable medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps from wireless attacks.

    Researchers at Rice University have come up with a secure way to dramatically cut the risk that an implanted medical device (IMD) could be altered remotely without authorization.

    Their technology would use the patient’s own heartbeat as a kind of password that could only be accessed through touch.

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