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  1. Wendy
    Wendy August 29, 2011 at 8:46 am | | Reply

    Thanks for this post!

    Pump hacking. Ay yi yi.

    One unit could have disastrous implications over here…would love to see a larger study!!!

  2. Sysy
    Sysy August 29, 2011 at 9:05 am | | Reply

    So the first bit was like watching a fun tennis match :D

    And I always thought that within an hour of getting on a plane I was mysteriously low! Hmmm…for me, a unit is usually going to cause a low. Interesting stuff and fun read today :) Thanks!

  3. Michael Ratrie
    Michael Ratrie August 29, 2011 at 10:14 am | | Reply

    My read on the pump hacking story is (FWIW, I read about it extensively before seeing it here on the ‘Mine):

    Interesting, but not concerning. My first question was who is going to write the first murder mystery where hacking a medical device kills/injures/saves a character.

    Kudos to you Amy for recognizing the “he said/she said” problem that has come up and that the truth lies somewhere in between.

    I am perhaps most concerned with what Reps. Eshoo and Markey have done. I am politically opposed to the Tea Party, but I cringe at getting the GAO and FCC spun up and having potential new regulations developed. Surely, this is the modern definition for delay and additional cost with little benefit.

    Fair Winds,

  4. Jerry Nairn
    Jerry Nairn August 29, 2011 at 10:51 am | | Reply

    Saying “10 insulin pumps is hardly a statistically significant number” shows some misunderstanding of statistics.
    10 out of a million is not statistically significant. 10 out of 10 is statistically significant.
    10 pumps were tested, and all 10 pumps showed similar changes in insulin delivery depending on changes in air pressure.
    And to me, this is a very similar issue to the wireless security of the pumps. It illustrates that there are gaping holes in the design of these devices.
    One would expect that manufacturers of insulin pumps would know that the users of the pumps would go on airlines. One would expect that pump manufacturers would have investigated the effects of rapidly changing pressure on the pumps.
    So what happened? They either didn’t investigate this or they never bothered to tell the public about what they found.

  5. Natalie
    Natalie August 29, 2011 at 11:40 am | | Reply

    I read somewhere that you do NOT have to turn off your CGM when you fly, because the distance reached by the signal is so short. True? False? Would appreciate it if you could find out! Thanks!

  6. katerina
    katerina August 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm | | Reply

    I think that this can easily get out of proportion and really hurt progress. The FDA is overly causious anyway. Lots of things have the potential to hurt someone. putting all the efforts to prevent something that a crazy person or a person who is out to kill someone, is something I do not find very logical or practical. Instead of hacking a pump one could stab you with an insulin pen. What security measures will we take for this possibility?

  7. kim
    kim August 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm | | Reply

    I have flown many times with my pump and have not noticed a significant drop in my blood sugar. I will have to pay better attention next time–I usually check about 1 hour into a flight just because it’s time to check. My ISF is 1:100, and I usually begin a flight within range, so if my pump delivered an extra 1-1.4 units I would be potentially be comatose.

  8. Bridget
    Bridget August 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm | | Reply

    I chuckled a bit when I read this story. The thought had never even occured that pumps could be hacked into. I use the same Minimed pump and frequently upload the data through the same Carelink usb device. Oh and flying on a plane has no effect on a pump’s ability to work whatsoever. Trust me.

  9. Kirstn
    Kirstn September 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm | | Reply

    Natalie, my son regularly flies and uses CGM. We have also been told by the airline (in Australia) that it can stay on. So we do leave it on, and there have been no problems.

  10. ChaosFreak
    ChaosFreak October 28, 2011 at 9:08 am | | Reply

    Latest news on the Medtronic hack is that yesterday in Miami Jay showed off an “improvement” to his hack where he can get the serial number of any device within a 300 foot radius completely wirelessly.

    So, now you don’t need to have physical access to the pump in order to read the serial number.

    His new hack also disables the audible “beep” warning when the dose is delivered, and disables the maximum dosage control.

    In conclusion, the Medtronic pump can be hacked at a distance of up to 300 feet, the serial number can be obtained wirelessly and the pump can be ordered to empty its entire payload of insulin into you without any warning. Oh yeah, and you CANNOT turn off the wireless feature.

    I think we’ve moved away from “that’s interesting” to “that’s pretty damn scary.”

  11. DensityDuck
    DensityDuck January 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm | | Reply

    I’m really rather surprised to learn about this “CANNOT TURN OFF WIRELESS” thing. I honestly want to know more about that than scare quotes by someone who wants to be The Man Who Knows The Secret.

  12. Sarah
    Sarah October 3, 2012 at 5:50 am | | Reply

    I think the response by Medtronic is an excellent indicator of why I now use a OneTouch Ping. Mainly because Medtronic is the literal worst in customer service and caring about their users.

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