Medtronic Disables Pacemaker Programmer Updates Over Hack Concern

October 11, 2018

(Reuters) – Medical device maker Medtronic Plc has disabled internet updates for some 34,000 CareLink programming devices that healthcare providers around the world use to access implanted pacemakers, saying the system was vulnerable to cyber attacks.  The company said it knows of no cases where the vulnerability had been exploited by hackers in a letter sent to physicians this week, which was labeled “urgent medical device correction.”

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