Pacemaker Hacker

What Does Pacemaker Hacker Mean?

A pacemaker hacker is an individual who can hack the access control and operational parameters of a biological pacemaker device. A pacemaker hacker can rewrite, recode or modify a pacemaker’s firmware and software so that increased – and potentially lethal – electrical shocks are sent to the human heart for malicious purposes.

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Techopedia Explains Pacemaker Hacker

Of all malicious activists and hackers, pacemaker hackers are among the most feared and dangerous. These hackers can wirelessly access the built-in controls of a patient’s biologically embedded pacemaker device from close proximity.

Upon access, a pacemaker hacker can transmit higher frequency and lethal shocks to a patient’s heart. This is made possible by reverse engineering the pacemaker’s embedded firmware, uploading a virus code or modifying existing code to higher voltage frequencies. Moreover, an infected pacemaker can then replicate or transfer the worm or virus to the pacemaker devices of nearby patients.

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