What Kind of World Do We Live In,

where companies that make medical devices that save lives have to worry about those devices being hacked?

Johnson & Johnson has issued a warning to diabetes patients and doctors that one of its insulin pumps is vulnerable to cyber hacking.

Apparently, a hacker in close proximity to the OneTouch Ping insulin pump system could use sophisticated equipment to find the unencrypted radio signal used by the device and program the pump to supply insulin.

It’s a sad commentary on human behavior that 1) there are people who actually think about the possibility of doing such things, and that 2) there are people who use their formidable computer skills to actually implement the idea.

Could you stoop any lower?

I’m guessing these people do it for the money; threatening an innocent, and perhaps frail individual, that they will take over operation of their medical device unless they pay a ransom. It doesn’t get much worse than taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us.

I’m also sure that these cyber hackers could find a well-paying job that utilizes their technical capabilities; so why do they opt to make money this way?

I don’t have a good answer to that question, except to quote from the introduction to The Shadow radio program “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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