Share

Related Stories

  • Real-world ATM skimming techniques revealed
    Security researcher Brian Krebs has had a long-standing interest in the increasing problem of ATM skimmers - fraudsters who install hidden gadgets on cash machines with the intention of ripping off bank card customers. And he has posted an in-depth analysis of one such scam earlier today.
  • ATM skimmers get GSM equipped, making them more dangerous says security expert
    It seems that ATM skimmers – fraudsters who attach magnetic stripe skimming devices to cash machines – have moved up a notch or two in the technology stakes by adding GSM-equipped data modems to their readers.
  • Black Hat Abu Dhabi to demo ATM hacking and cellular phone phreaking
    Black Hat Abu Dhabi takes place at the Emirates Palace on November 8/11.
  • Researcher to unveil ATM rootkit
    A researcher originally blocked from giving a talk about security in ATMs will go ahead and make his presentation at the Black Hat USA conference this year.
  • FBI thwarts ATM hacking attempt
    A North Carolina man has been accused of trying to hack into an automated teller machine and change its password, according to a complaint filed by the FBI.
  • ATM skimming sentenced
    Romanian fraudster Tibenu Szebeni has been given 27 months in prison and made to pay back $52 000 in ill-gotten gains after being convicted of ATM skimming.
  • From pizza delivery to ATM hacker to criminal in two years
    An Australian pizza delivery man who stumbled on an ATM repair manual on the internet has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service, as well as handed a two year suspended prison sentence, after the hacker obtained more than AU$30 000 (about £18 000) by using the default passwords on certain types of cash machines.

Top 5 Stories

News

Barnaby Jack hacks diabetes insulin pump live at Hacker Halted

25 October 2011

At the Hacker Halted conference in Miami, Florida, McAfee research architect, Barnaby Jack, demonstrated how to hack into an insulin pump live in his presentation titled ‘Life threatening vulnerabilities’.

Perhaps most famous for his live hack of an ATM machine at Black Hat Las Vegas in 2010, Jack captivated the Hacker Halted audience by proving the insecurity of a particular (unspecified) brand of insulin pump.

Jack began the presentation by assuring the audience that his motives are honourable and stating the importance of “getting it out in the open”.

At Black Hat this summer, a diabetes sufferer demonstrated that he could hack and shut down his own pump – but only his own. The display resulted in a lot of press coverage and the manufacturer in question released the following statement:

“The chance of an attack is very unlikely and almost impossible. It would be extremely difficult for a third-party to tamper remotely with a pump”.

Jack proved this statement incorrect by scanning radio frequency and accessing implanted insulin pumps within a 300 meters range.

Jack used his friend, a diabetes sufferer, in the audience to demonstrate how he could then control the insulin dispersed remotely, or shut it down.

Jack received the biggest applause of the day from Hacker Halted delegates.
 

This article is featured in:
Application Security  •  Encryption  •  Malware and Hardware Security  •  Wireless and Mobile Security

 

Comment on this article

You must be registered and logged in to leave a comment about this article.

We use cookies to operate this website and to improve its usability. Full details of what cookies are, why we use them and how you can manage them can be found by reading our Privacy & Cookies page. Please note that by using this site you are consenting to the use of cookies. ×