Hacking All Devices– Even Your Pace Maker
// Posted by Allison on 03/03/2012 (12:39 PM)
While we hear about groups such as Anonymous hacking into Bank of America, Visa, MasterCard, and Pay Pal most people do not realize that anything with networking capabilities can be hacked. In his TEDtalk, Avi Rubin explains that just about any device can be hacked. This includes your heart’s pacemaker, your car, and your cell phone. He explains how people can change the name associated to your pacemaker and even changed its rhythmic pattern. It’s even possible for someone to steal your car without ever tampering with the anti-theft capabilities!
I think it is interesting that while people are often making grand attacks on larger entities–i.e. Stuxnet on Iran, people are not prone to making personal attacks on individuals. People are more comfortable doing harm to a large bodies of people, but when it comes to putting a face to that damage human compassion is likely to exhibit. I think human’s relationship with the capabilities of technology can tell us a lot of about human mind and how it interacts with emotion.