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Pain in the brain! Kaspersky warns of hackable brain implants

Postby bmh67wa » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:03 pm

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A newly developed class of brain implants could also become hacking targets, researchers are warning.

Kaspersky Lab and the University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group warn in a joint report that the brain stimulation devices used to treat disorders like Parkinson's and OCD carry with them security vulnerabilities that would potentially allow an attacker to manipulate the medical implants.

Those flaws include things like vulnerabilities in the web apps used to administer the devices and bugs in the tablet and smartphone applications doctors use to set up and record data from the implants, as well as poor practices like using default passwords or unencrypted data transmissions.

The vulnerabilities themselves are no different from those affecting other medical implants, with researchers long-warning that such flaws were a weak point in the security chain. Earlier this month, one such flaw caused medical device company Medtronic to cut off automatic update support for one of its lines of pacemaker programmers.

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