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Q&A: We Must Protect Bionic Bodies From Hacking, Says Kevin Fu

Q&A: We Must Protect Bionic Bodies From Hacking, Says Kevin Fu

As patients welcome neurostimulators, medical microbots, and other hardware into their bodies, they’re welcoming potential security flaws too. Kevin Fu , an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, says the medical device industry needs to get serious about cybersecurity now to ensure that life-saving technologies remain safe and trusted in the future. IEEE Spectrum : Are medical device manufacturers considering security early enough in the design process? Kevin Fu: Yes and no. Some manufacturers show up to meetings about improving medical device security and participate in good faith. The real problem is that some manufacturers still aren’t showing up. Yet you and others have shown how medical devices can be compromised . I don’t see any maliciousness. If you’re a manufacturer and some hacker comes and says the sky ...

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