Supervisor U.S. raises half a million pacemakers back to the leak in security

Supervisor U.S. raises half a million pacemakers back to the leak in security

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The Us regulatory Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has half a million pacemakers have been recalled. The security of the devices is not in order.

The FDA is afraid that a malicious the battery of the pacemaker can quickly deflate or the heart rhythm of the patient can customize. This can in the worst case for the death of a patient’s care.

It is going to be six models of the manufacturer Abbott. With a pacemaker, patients with a slow or irregular heartbeat helped. In addition, the devices used to help people recovering from a heart attack.

In total wear 465.000 people the on devices. They are not physically called back, because that’s a dangerous medical procedure would be. The patients are advised to visit their doctor to make the device update.

According to the Inspection for Health care (health care inspectorate), the pacemakers are also sold in the Netherlands. How many Dutch patients on pacemakers wear, is not known. That number is currently being assessed, says a spokesman.

Abbott is going to make contact with the hospitals that are the pacemakers, said the spokesman. Also here, the devices should be with a vulnerable security a update.

No hacks

Abbott argues against The Guardian that there have been no messages about pacemakers that are actually hacked. The FDA states, however, that it is easy to break into the pacemaker. Here is a device is needed that just to buy.

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