The Wall Street Journal: FDA warns hackers could access Medtronic insulin pumps

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration warned that certain insulin pumps made by Medtronic PLC have cybersecurity vulnerabilities and could be manipulated by hackers, causing danger to diabetes patients.

Medtronic MDT, +0.27% began notifying patients about the issue Thursday, saying a hacker could potentially connect wirelessly to a nearby insulin pump to change settings or control insulin delivery. But the company said the likelihood of such a danger from hackers is small, and that the unauthorized person would need to be in fairly close proximity to the person with the insulin pump.

Dublin-based Medtronic said it doesn’t know of any confirmed cases where the cybersecurity vulnerability has been exploited.

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