Cyber threat: ‘Children are capable of hacking heart pacemakers to kill’

Those in attendance at yesterday’s Secure Computing Forum in the RDS were warned that failing to prepare for cyber threats could lead to fatal consequences in the near future.

John P Carlin, former assistant attorney general for the US Department of Justice National Security Division, said that as billions of new devices are being connected, the likelihood of an attack dramatically increases.

“We’re on the cusp of a revolution with the Internet Of Things,” he said.

“Now the consequences are even higher. We are seeing pacemakers being put into people’s hearts which can be deployed without encryption, where an 11-year-old using publicly available software can hack into and kill.

“I’m not saying it’s a bad idea to have smart cities or driverless cars, but before we make this transformation, we need to know what the risks are and what the adversaries are doing.”


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