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5 Responses

  1. Joe
    Joe August 8, 2013 at 4:15 am | | Reply

    The mainstream news media will take this and run with it and blow it all out of proportion, again. Sigh.
    Then they will start up with how pacemakers, etc., can be hacked.
    Double Sigh.

  2. Cordell
    Cordell August 8, 2013 at 6:45 am | | Reply

    This seems to me like a guy who’s 15 minutes of fame has passed and he’s looking for for something to re-ignite it.
    I believe he had a point when he brought the insecure communications with the pump to light, but he seems to be grasping at straws with this one.
    I have been using an Animas Ping for more than 2 years now, and frankly, I’ve never seen this as an issue. As Animas stated in their response above, I was made aware of this during my training and when i read the manual. When doing a battery change I simply jot down any significant IOB value and take it into consideration when doing a correction bolus, etc.
    I think we as pumpers need to take some responsibility in knowing how much insulin remains in our system while doing a battery change. This is nothing that a person doing MDI doesn’t do on a daily basis.

  3. Marcus
    Marcus August 8, 2013 at 7:04 am | | Reply

    Very much appreciate how you’re covering this, Mike. The fear that’s created by guys in the security business is the currency they use to get attention and/or business, which very much seems to be the case with the issues pointed out now and before by Jay. Moreover, I believe these issues have a way of slowing down the FDA even more, which is of much greater concern to me than these so-called “security” concerns.

    And gee, what a surprise: Jay’s speaking at the Black Hat conference next week. What well timed PR.

  4. Sarah - Sugabetic (@SugabeticMe)
    Sarah - Sugabetic (@SugabeticMe) August 8, 2013 at 10:16 am | | Reply

    Honestly, I could see it as a concern. If someone were to hack the pump and zero out whatever IOB the user may have due to this “flaw”, it would cause the person to *potentially* dose too much. However, the likelyhood of someone having enough IOB left from a prior bolus to cause a problem with the next bolus – say, 4-5 hours later – I wouldn’t think would be very high, if at all. While it *could* be a concern, I completely understand Animas’ side on the issue. This is not an issue like the hacked Medtronic pump, which by the way, was hacked by someone else sans serial number and the full cartridge was deployed while all sounds and vibrations had been disabled by the hacker. Now that is something to worry about.

  5. Jack
    Jack August 8, 2013 at 11:01 pm | | Reply

    This again proves cyber security flaws. Medical devices software being hacked is really a sensitive issue. This Animas issue of battery reset can cause serious threats to the patients and I am happy that FDA has joined hands with this guy to come up with a solution for this which is admirable

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