Radio Free HPC Looks at Biohacking

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks alarming new hacks of health care data.  With news that Biohackers have successfully inserted malware into DNA, security is becoming a matter of concern for everything from scanners to gene sequencers.

  • Henry points us to a story about a PET scanner hack that exploited Windows 7. He thinks a better design would be to have the device send data only. Shahin thinks that this kind of problem with I0T will require us to have different approaches for “Big T” things like mainframes and “Little T” things like sensors.
  • Rich is intrigued by the recent story that biohackers were able to put malware into synthetic DNA that can infect and take over a gene sequencer device.

Blockchain may be another potential solution to this problem, as companies like Bitfury and Insilico Medicine collaborate to bring the latest technologies to health care data security.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

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  1. David W Wilson says

    Hi there, Listener 13 just checking in.
    So let me see if I got all this right..

    University “patched” rats recovering from strokes ate through fiber cables plunging London into, “You mean I have to actually talk to people mode”. The shockwave caused a “Flash” fire at the Memory Summit where vendors mere Intel SSD form factors from the fire demonstrated product operation above 85C in simulated rain. No attendees seem to have been injured but no conformation was possible from genetic sequencing as the machines appear to have been taken over for cryptocurrency mining supporting biohackers.
    Update: Windows 7 will need a patch.
    New reports from the Heart Monitor and IV machine union (HMIVMU) indicating they digitallymistrust the Petscan. Users hope the IOTs gangs will give way to a loving and trusting family enviroment.

    Blockchain commented, “We could have prevented all of this”.