While no one has been killed yet by a hacked insulin pump or pacemaker, researchers have shown it’s possible for unauthorized radio commands to reprogram an implanted medical device. MIT and the University of Massachusetts researchers have developed an anti-hacking jamming prototype that could protect people from death my hacking while still allowing doctors to remotely access a device’s data.
As for hacking cars, security firm McAfee warns university research is showing that computerized electronics in cars could become targets for hackers too. Some cars today have 10 million lines of software code and as that continues to increase, we’ll soon have to protect our cars the same way we do our computers and smartphones.
The more things we connect to the network, the more things hackers find to hack which means IT security professionals won’t be short of new threats to fight for a long time to come.