Former vice president Dick Cheney asked his doctors to disable the wireless feature of his implanted heart defibrillator device because he feared that terrorists might try to assassinate him by hacking the device. He discusses this for the first time publicly in a "60 Minutes" interview airing this Sunday. Sadly, there's no mention of the security research work on this very issue by the late hacker Barnaby Jack.
Cheney says that he and his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, turned off the device’s wireless function in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock. Years later, Cheney watched an episode of the Showtime series “Homeland” in which such a scenario was part of the plot.Cheney and Reiner are promoting their co-authored book, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey.” That's pretty funny right? Dick Cheney? Having a heart?
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