These days, we're all intricately connected with our electronics. Maybe you love a certain smartphone, wedged permanently into your claw-like grip, dearer than daughter. Or maybe you've fallen for the sultry voice of Miss GPS, she who controls where you steer that giant computer-cum-living pod known as the modern car. Or maybe you've gone further, carrying a wee biomedical gadget in your chest that acts as a latter-day doctor.
Well, you knew all that convenience would come with some vulnerabilities, right? No? Well, you and a lot of manufacturers both. Listen up now, and just maybe you'll survive the impending hack-pocalypse…
A security researcher presenting at this year's Black Hat conference was taking a greater risk than many of the speakers: Jay Radcliffe, a diabetic, has discovered a way to hack insulin pumps and glucose monitors like the ones he is attached to 24/7. "My initial reaction was that this was really cool from a technical perspective," he told AP. "The second reaction was one of maybe sheer terror, to know that there's no security around the devices which are a very active part of keeping me alive."
Insulin pumps aren't alone. There are quite few things out there that you really don't want hacked, but for which protections are, as they say, "to be included in a future release."