Abbott Recalls Pacemakers Over Cybersecurity Concerns

Medical device maker Abbott announced the voluntary recall of 465,000 pacemakers on August 28.

The recall is being issued so that the manufacturer can install a firmware patch upgrade, meant to combat a major security violation discovered by Abbott across six of it's pacemaker products.

Observers of medical security will remember the infamous 2016 Muddy Water expos√© that disclosed vulnerabilities in pacemakers sold by St. Jude. Abbott completed a full acquisition of St. Jude earlier this year; this recall is meant to address the security flaws in the now-Abbott-branded pacemakers. The vulnerabilities "could allow an attacker to modify the devices' pacing commands or cause premature battery depletion."

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