Are hackers attacking medical implants?
|Medical devices such as insulin pumps, defibrillators and brain stimulators are getting more and more connectivity.
As more and more patients receive implants to treat conditions ranging from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease to deafness and heart failure, implants are becoming more complex – and thus more wirelessly controllable.
This means that smartphones could soon be able to manage devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps very easily and conveniently.
|Since neurostimulators currently cannot provide reliable security, a secure communication channel between the device programmer and the neurostimulator must be established.
This can be achieved with a shared session key and symmetric encryption.
Two major challenges need to be addressed:
Generation of the session key.
Secure transmission of the session key to the other party.
It is also helpful to have a low transmission power, which can only be received when there is direct contact.
|Geißler O||Security Insider 30.01.2023 (german)|
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