Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

Your Bionic Hand Is Now at Risk From Hackers


View as: Print Mobile App Share: Send by email Share on reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Hacker News Share on Tweeter Share on Facebook
A Motorica hand prosthetic.

Kaspersky Lab researchers have revealed that bionic hand prostheses from Moscow-based Motorica are vulnerable to hacking.

Credit: Motorica

Kaspersky Lab researchers disclosed at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Spain that bionic hand prostheses from Moscow-based Motorica are vulnerable to hacking.

These prostheses can be equipped with a range of smart features, like in-built displays, a near-field communication (NFC) chip for contactless payments, a GSM module, activity tracking, and smartwatch tasks.

Those functions require cloud access, which could potentially open such devices to attacks.

The Kaspersky researchers said the "experimental" remote cloud system for controlling one Motorica prosthesis contained diverse zero-day vulnerabilities, which could "enable a third party to access, manipulate, steal, or delete the private data of device users."

Reported bugs included an insecure HTTP link, incorrect account operations, and insufficient input validation, which hackers could leverage to target the moment the prosthesis sends data to the cloud.

From ZDNet
View Full Article

 

Abstracts Copyright © 2019 SmithBucklin, Washington, DC, USA


 

No entries found

Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account