Cheney worried defibrillator was vulnerable to hacking from terrorists

Former Vice President Dick Cheney had the wireless function turned off in his implanted defibrillator in 2007 to reduce the risk that a terrorist would try to hack the device and sabotage it. Cheney revealed the information during an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Oct. 20, and a number of news outlets around the world picked up the story. After years of heart-related problems and surgical procedures, Cheney had a heart transplant in 2012. The FDA issued new guidance in August 2013 designed, in part, to require makers of wireless pacemakers, defibrillators, insulin pumps and other devices to show how they'll prevent their products from getting hacked. Story

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