ATM & heart-attack hacker Barnaby Jack dies mysteriously

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ATM & heart-attack hacker Barnaby Jack dies mysteriously

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Programmer Barnaby Jack dies a week before showing off heart-attack hack that can kill a man from 30 feet away

Friday, July 26, 2013 10:19 EDT
By Jim Finkle

BOSTON (Reuters) – Well-known hacker Barnaby Jack has died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to show off techniques for attacking implanted heart devices that he said could kill a man from 30 feet away.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office said he died in the city on Thursday. It gave no details.

Jack, a security expert, became one of the most famous hackers on the planet after a 2010 demonstration in which he forced ATMs to spit out cash, dubbed “Jackpotting,” ( )

The hacking community expressed shock as the news of his death spread via Twitter early on Friday. Jack was due to appear at the Black Hat hacking convention in San Francisco next week, demonstrating how he could attack heart devices.

“Wow … Speechless,” Tweeted mobile phone hacker Tyler Shields.

Jack’s most recent employer, the cyber security consulting firm IOActive Inc, said in a Tweet: “Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby Jack has passed.”

Jack had served as IOActive’s director of embedded device security.

Jack’s genius was finding bugs in the tiny computers that are embedded in equipment such as medical devices and banking machines. He received standing ovations at hacking conventions for his creativity and showmanship.

“You grimy b******. I was just talking up about your awesome work last night,” Tweeted Dino Dai Zovi, a hacker known for his skill at finding bugs in Apple products. “You’ll be missed, bro.”

Friends and fans alike Tweeted memorials to Jack’s Twitter handle, @barnaby_jack.

Dan Kaminsky, an expert in Internet security, Tweeted that he had hoped the news of Jack’s death was a prank: “God, the stories. Nobody caused such hilarious trouble like @barnaby_jack.”

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick) ... feet-away/

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I watched the TV show Homeland for the first time a few months ago. This particular episode had a plot twist that involved a terrorist remotely hacking into the pacemaker of the Vice President of the United States.

People follow this show religiously, and there were articles questioning the plausibility of the pacemaker hack. Physicians were questioned as to the validity of the hack and were quoted saying that this is not possible in the real world.

In the episode, a terrorist finds out that the Vice President has a bad heart and his pacemaker can be remotely accessed with the correct serial number. The terrorist convinces a congressman to retrieve the serial number, and then his hacker accomplice uses the serial to remotely interrogate the pacemaker. Once the hacker has connected to the pacemaker, he instructs the implantable device to deliver a lethal jolt of electricity. The Vice President keels over, clutches his chest, and dies.

My first thought after watching this episode was “TV is so ridiculous! You don't need a serial number!”

In all seriousness, the episode really wasn't too implausible.
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