Johnson & Johnson Warns Diabetics About Hacking Of Insulin Pumps

Posted: Oct 5 2016, 7:46am CDT | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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Johnson & Johnson Warns Diabetics About Hacking of Insulin Pumps
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  • Johnson & Johnson Warns: Insulin Pump Vulnerable to Hacking

The manufacturing company that is Johnson & Johnson has given a fair warning to diabetics regarding the possible hacking of its insulin pumps.

Johnson & Johnson is a conglomerate that wants to be fair in its business practices. Thus it is giving a warning to its buyers to beware regarding certain insulin pumps bought from its stores.

The reason behind this is that there might be a security glitch or two in these insulin pumps. A nefarious hacker may infiltrate the pump’s electronic circuitry and cause a high or low dose of insulin to be delivered to the patient.

Although the risks for such a scenario are pretty narrow yet the fear of such a catastrophe happening has set the company on edge. This is the first time a manufacturer has issued such a warning.

Cybercrime remains a top issue these days. Everyday we hear about black hat SEO and criminal hackers who get into places where they have no right to be. They cause massive damage to the sites and are a source of constant chagrin for those who are in control of those websites.

There has even been news about bugs and cyberworms in defibrillators and pacemakers in recent times. The head honchos at J&J have told Reuters that while they knew of no such issues with the insulin pumps, the risk could not be ruled out.

The problem could be fixed in a jiffy so the company is giving a step by step lesson in cleaning out the insulin pump’s data center. Chances of unauthorized access to the One Touch Ping Insulin Pump is extremely low.

Technical prowess, relevant equipment and nearness to the pump are the three conditions necessary for the debugging process to take place adequately.

Over 114,000 individuals use the gadget in the USA and Canada. Insulin pumps normally are attached to the patient’s body via a catheter. They deliver doses of insulin in a very fine-tuned manner.

The J&J insulin pump was launched in 2008. It even has a wireless remote control. The device can be safely hidden away underneath one’s clothes. It is not prominent in any way.

The clientele’s peace of mind is paramount in the opinion of J&J executives who have thus issued a warning. Letters have been sent to all the buyers of the device regarding the danger of a hacker making a practical joke at the expense of the user’s health.

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