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Parkinson’s Brain Implant

As the world develops, so does medical equipment and the Parkinson’s brain implant is a perfect example of that. Although this device is still in the beginning stages, it is known to help treat Parkinson’s, essential tremors and major depression. The problem with this device is that it is susceptible to hacks due to the fact that it is connected through Bluetooth and is monitored with a smartphone or tablet. Normally used to prevent irreversible damage, a hack of this device could do damage far worse. If accessed, programmers could control individuals through memories on the device or hold their recollections in a ransom-style attack. In spite of the fact that there is no evidence of attackers hacking these gadgets, mechanical advances in the coming years would mean they won’t be difficult to misuse, analysts said. “Memory prostheses are only a question of time. Collaborating to understand and address emerging risks and vulnerabilities and doing so while this technology is still relatively new, will pay off in the future,” said Laurie Pycroft of the University of Oxford.


Since it is classified as an IoT device, it is always advised to lock down the device in the same way as used for phones or home computer systems. Strong passwords should be set and instructions thoroughly read about how to better secure the device. Also, users should research to what kind of problems these devices have and if purchased, be aware of what information the device holds and what is done with it.