St. Jude Cardiac Devices Can Be Hacked, FDA Confirms
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St. Jude Cardiac Devices Can Be Hacked, FDA ConfirmsSt. Jude cardiac devices can be hacked the FDA confirmed it.The FDA added once hacker successfully hacked the device they could deplete the battery of input incorrect pacing or shocks.The pacemaker and defibrillators are used to monitor and control heart function of patients.
Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified in St. Jude Medical’s Implantable Cardiac Devices and Merlin@home Transmitter
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Date Issued:January 9, 2017Audience:Patients with a radio frequency (RF)-enabled St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac device and corresponding Merlin@home TransmitterCaregivers of patients with an RF-enabled St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac device and corresponding Merlin@home TransmitterCardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and primary care physicians treating patients with heart failure or heart rhythm problems using an RF-enabled St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac device and corresponding Merlin@home TransmitterMedical Specialties:Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart FailureDevice:St. Jude Medical implantable cardiac devices (pacemakers, defibrillators, and resynchronization devices) provide pacing for slow heart rhythms and electrical shock or pacing to stop dangerously fast heart rhythms.These cardiac devices are implanted under the skin in the upper chest area with connecting insulated wires called “leads” that go into the heart.A patient may need an implantable cardiac device if their heartbeat is too slow (bradycardia), too fast (tachycardia), or needs coordination to treat heart failure.