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Hacking fears over wireless pacemakers
#28617 13/03/08 4:54 PM
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Now here's an interesting story...



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Rob1234 #28619 13/03/08 5:24 PM
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I don't want to worry people, but that's probably not the main problem! smile

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Geoff Hannis #28622 13/03/08 6:47 PM
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Yes, I agree, but if I had a pacemaker and it went haywire and it was caused by interference I could just about accept that (if I survived!) - after all, that's the price you have to pay for living in todays society with all the EMI/RFI gunk floating around - basically no one person can be blamed. Of course manufacturers should design their products in such a way as to minimize the effects of accidental interference, but deliberate hacking is something much more malicious.

Interesting article - something I had never considered.



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Rob1234 #28639 14/03/08 10:24 AM
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As part of the original tests for the DoH on the interference of Rf transmitters with medical devices I was given some mobile phones and police and ambulance walkie-talkies with which to upset anything I could lay my hands on.
I got an old APC4164 external pacemaker and put a 50ohm resistor straight across the terminals - no leads (aerials). Every time I pressed the PTT button of a walkie-talkie the needle flicked in to Sense, even from 7meters away.
I demonstrated this to a Home Office person saying that repeated transmissions made the pacemaker think the heart had a steady rhythm so it did not need to pace. He was rather concerned as the new police radio that he was working on was a packet system, transmitting in bursts. He said that if they were guarding a prisoner/patient they were not allowed to turn the radios off in case they needed to call for urgent back up.
Moral of the story - do not commit a crime if you have a dickie ticker... but if the prisoner is in the bed next to you.......or even in the same ward. shocked

Robert

PS Dickie Ticker is a character in the new Carry On film


My spelling is not bad. I am typing this on a Medigenic keyboard and I blame that for all my typos.

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