A filed lawsuit claims that several lines of St. Jude's heart-regulating devices designed to be monitored remotely with in-home equipment, rather than during in-person visits to the doctor, lack "even the most basic security defenses" to safeguard their computer communications from outsiders. Pacemakers, defibrillators, and heart re-synchronizer devices sold by St. Jude Medical can be attacked by hackers to steal personal information and even harm patients.
An attack could slowly drain the device's battery over a few weeks. A "crash attack" could use telemetry signals to put a pacemaker or "into a state of malfunction," making it ignore signals or queries from the Merlin transmitter. Or a crash attack could make a device speed up a patient's heart enough to cause "severe adverse health consequences".
The lawsuit seeks certification of a Class of all person implanted with a “pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, and cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker and/or defibrillator with radio frequency (‘RF’) telemetry capability that was designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed or sold by the Defendants.”
The class action asks for restitution and damages for all Class Members.
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