Medical IoT – The Future of Assassination

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I want to do something a little different with this article, I want to take you down the rabbit hole that is IoT and the dark side that is lurking around the corner that I know is going to bare its ugly head at some point in our future. I am going to create a bit of a scene for us to imagine that will show us a situation that is soon to become common place in our world.

Picture this, it is 2022. A businessman is working in the office late at night, he is reviewing a tender for a large government contract to build defence equipment of some kind. This contract will make his company and he is really putting in the effort for this tender as he knows how critical it is that he gets this right. As he starts to wrap up the tender documents he decides to have a drink of scotch as a job well done, he is happy with how things have come together and believes his company has a really great chance at winning.

He pours his glass and looks out his window over the cityscape in front of him. Suddenly he feels a sharp jab in his chest, he instantly grabs at his chest, he can’t catch his breath. The look on his face is fear he knows this could be his end, whack, another quick jab in his chest, followed by another and then another.  His heart stops, his glass falls from his hand spilling its contents and he falls to the ground DEAD.

In less than 30 seconds, everything changed. If the body is autopsied, it will show a heart attack with his pacemaker shocking him as designed, to help save his life, but it just wasn’t enough to save him. Let’s give him a name, let’s call him Jim. This seems like a really sad situation in which the stress of the tender had become too much for Jim to handle and he succumbs to the stress with a heart attack, but this situation is much more sinister than it appears, it is the first assassination conducted using a medical IoT device. 

Let’s put a bit more background to this, Jim two years ago had a pacemaker installed due to irregular heart palpitations, the pacemaker was a newly developed internet connected device that would allow it to be connected to Jim’s phone and send data back to his doctor about his condition. This could make it easier for him to predict issues, allowing for the treatment to be more accurate and improve Jim’s chances of a long life with the condition. The device was also designed to receive updates via this connection to ensure that it had the latest programming and efficiencies.