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Hackers can use heart-rate monitors to send jolts to cardiac implants, experts say

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There is an ongoing legal dispute taking place between St. Jude Medical Inc. and several companies and individuals over specific cardiac implants that are monitored by the Merlin.net Patient Care Network (PCN). The latest chapter in the ongoing battle appeared on Monday in a legal brief stating that cyber security experts hired by one of the defendants, Muddy Waters, have validated vulnerabilities in St. Jude’s monitoring service.

PCN is a service that monitors and reports cardiac information stemming from St. Jude Medical implanted devices spanning pacemakers (Assurity and Endurity) and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (Ellipse and Fortify Assura). The provided Merlin@Home transmitter sits by the bedside and monitors the patient’s implant while they sleep, sending the information over a telephone, cellular, or broadband connection. This prevents patients from having to make a visit to the doctor for a device check. – READ MORE

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