Dick Cheney Altered Heart Implant to Thwart Wireless Hackers
Former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney claims in a new interview that he had the defibrillator implanted in his chest altered to prevent hackers from wirelessly accessing the device.
Cheney revealed the extraordinary steps he took to protect himself in an interview with 60 Minutes, which is set to air on Sunday.
Although most of the interview appears to focus on how Cheney’s health affected his decision-making abilities while in office, the highlight of the preview video comes when his doctor discusses the unique security threat to Cheney’s implant at the time.
Prior to the implant’s alteration, there was the possibility that terrorists could send a signal to the device, instructing it to shock his heart and induce cardiac arrest.