A security researcher in the United States showed that insulin pumps can be easily hacked into and a hacker can either completely stop the device or adjust the insulin level pumped by the device which could kill the user.
Jay Radcliffe, who is a diabetic patient and wears an insulin pump, said that there were no security measures involved in the device and any hacker can play with the device from a safe distance should he manage to get the serial number of the device and understand how exactly insulin pumps work.
"I can get full remote control of someone else's insulin pump. If I were an evil hacker, I could issue commands to give insulin, without anyone else's authority. This is scary. And I can manipulate the data so it happens in a stealth way", he said.
Radcliffe conducted the experiment on his own device and was easily able to manipulate it. The 33-year old refused to divulge the vendor's name but expressed fear that the insulin pumps manufactured by other vendors might also display similar vulnerabilities.