Friday, September 2, 2011

Hugh Darrow and Medical Device Security

This morning a friend sent me a screenshot from the new video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which he said gave him déjà vu. The game is about a dystopian future in which the use of human augmentation for clinical and military purposes is widespread. I won't comment on the game's sci-fi prognostication, but it looks like they decided to use our work as background material for this fictional universe.

The screenshot, which appears to the left, contains three sentences taken directly from the abstract of our IEEE paper from 2008: Pacemakers and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators: Software Radio Attacks and Zero-power Defenses.

Compare the screenshot with our original abstract to see for yourself.

I think it only fair that the publisher or the developers send the team here at the Medical Device Security Center a few copies for "peer review." I have an Xbox and a PC, in case anyone is wondering....

1 comment:

  1. I actually have an ICD implanted and was hoping someone picked up on this. Little did I realise not only did someone pick up on it, it was actually nabbed from a research paper! Good to see you guys are looking into this, it was one of the questions I had for the ICD manufacturer staff when they first ran tests on it :O.


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