MIT shield could protect pacemaker patients from wireless assassinations

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To counter such an attack, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are working on developing a shield that could be worn outside the patient’s body that would block unwanted hackers. When an authorized source like the patient’s doctor wants to adjust the pacemaker, the doctor would send encrypted instructions that would be authenticated and decoded by the shield, then sent along to the pacemaker. Signals from unauthorized devices would be blocked. Since it’s located outside the body, in the event of an emergency the shield could just be removed and disabled.

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