chicksdaddy writes: Listening to Weezer could kill you. Literally. That’s the conclusion of an unusual experiment by university researchers who used a snippet from the 90s alternative rock band’s “Island in the Sun” as the basis for EMI (electromagnetic interference) attacks designed to overwhelm implanted heart defibrillators or even trick them into firing. (No. Seriously.) According to The Security Ledger, the Weezer-based attack is described in a paper (https://spqr.eecs.umich.edu/papers/fookune-emi-oakland13.pdf) presented on Monday at The Annual IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Oakland, California. In it, the researchers describe EMI attacks on analog sensors used in implanted hear defibrillators by Medtronic, Boston Scientific and St. Jude. In tests, the researchers showed that – under ideal circumstances (that is: open air) – electromagnetic impulses could disrupt the ability of the device to accurately operation of the device, and even prompt it to induce defibrillation shocks from a distance of one- to two meters. However, the effectiveness of EMI attacks was reduced drastically under conditions that simulate implantation in the human body, where attack ranges were reduced to between 3-5cm. Still, researchers have proposed more shielding features for implantable defib devices and features to filter out EMI based attacks designed to mimic heart attacks.
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