Some Medtronic insulin pumps are vulnerable to hackers, FDA warns
One of the features Medtronic touts in its MiniMed 600 series insulin pumps is a series of components that connect wirelessly to allow the remote delivery of insulin. On Tuesday, regulators warned that the technology also leaves the door open to potential hackers.
The FDA issued an alert that unauthorized users could gain control of the pumps in certain circumstances, resulting in either too much or too little insulin being administered. While too much insulin leads to low blood sugar — which in severe cases can cause seizure, coma or death — too little may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition where the body starts breaking down fat too fast.
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