Johnson & Johnson recently warned that its popular Animas One-Touch Ping Insulin Pump is vulnerable to cyber-attacks by hackers. Insulin pumps are primarily used in Type-1 diabetic patients, less frequently in Type-2 patients, and work by delivering a continuous low dose, of insulin 24 hours a day, plus bolus doses as needed, to regulate blood sugar levels. Although they acknowledge the risk exists, Johnson & Johnson says the probability of a person’s pump being hacked is low since the devices operate on radiofrequency and do not connect to the internet.
Even so, it is a scary proposition for patients and parents of patients that someone could potentially manipulate the settings so that the pump would deliver too much or too little insulin. In either case, the results could be deadly and Johnson & Johnson must take steps now to fix the security flaw.
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