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FDA warns of vulnerability in Bluetooth-connected devices, the most common type of connectivity in implanted medical devices

Published:
March 13, 2020
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by Danielle Bradnan
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The U.S. FDA has issued a warning surrounding cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices that use Bluetooth as their primary mode of connectivity. These devices include neural implantables for seizure and chronic pain management, pacemakers, and continuous glucose monitors. These vulnerabilities make possible a few actions, including the ability to stop the function of the devices or completely override controls. While this seems like the plot of a television show, it is a very real threat. Clients developing medical devices that have this mode of connectivity must invest in developing security protocols that do not put patients at risk.

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