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Insulin Pumps by Animas has small chance of being hacked

Defective medical products

Johnson & Johnson has recently issued a warning to the diabetic users of their products, that one insulin pump, in particular, has a vulnerability that would allow hackers access.

The OneTouch Insulin Pump, which is sold by Johnson & Johnson company Animas, is meant to supply insulin to a patient in between meals via a wireless connection through radio frequency. Because this system carries no encryption and is not done through WiFi, such hackers could theoretically access the radio frequency and cause users to overdose on insulin.

The company claims that the risk is actually quite low and there would be a number of barriers that would prevent attackers from doing so. In any case, however, Johnson & Johnson has released a number of options to help customers protect themselves, including:

  • When not in use, the pump’s radio frequency can be turned off
  • The pump can be programmed to limit the amount of insulin supplied
  • Vibration alerts can be used to indicate when unwarranted doses have been administered

The pumps have been available for customers for over eight years, now and internet security researchers have said that the company has reacted quite appropriately to a risk that wouldn’t have been considered at the time of the pump’s conception.

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