This is how hackers can wipe your memory and steal your thoughts

What if a hacker could one day enter your mind at will, stealing information, tweaking or eradicating memories, or causing debilitating damage?

It might seem like a concept born from Altered Carbon’s stack technologies, but according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and the University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group, cyberattacks might not always be limited to the physical when it comes to our health.

The problem of medical device security hit the spotlight when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary recall of 465,000 St. Jude pacemakers in order to patch them against remote attacks last year — despite the risk of the firmware update preventing the pacemakers from working altogether.

Hacking medical equipment which can mean the difference between life and death is not science fiction. Thankfully, there are not any known examples of such compromise at present, but this does not mean these attacks will not potentially happen one day.

The teams from Kaspersky and Oxford said on Monday that our current brain stimulation implants and chips already contain existing and ‘potential’ vulnerabilities which could be used in attacks against the organ.

“These vulnerabilities could be exploited in the future to steal personal information, alter or erase memories or cause physical harm,” the researchers say. ..Read More..

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