Dirk Knemeyer

Hacked to Death

Hacked to Death, January 21, 2016

There will be nasty [hacking] events. The question is, will there be a few nasty events because things have been locked down properly in advance, or will there be many nasty events because we’re going to learn more from the school of hard knocks than we might like. The part of it that I’m most concerned about has to do with implantables.

The smart city stuff, there’s not a lot there that can kill people. That can have that type of an impact, but I’m concerned about the things that could take life by virtue of a virtual hack. We’re going to have to be very diligent in protecting against those because it’s going to be evermore seductive to implant things in or on our body for people with maybe diabetes to regulate our endocrinology, regulate endocrinology even for other not just diseases, but just conditions and states of being, or more advanced tools for regulating the heart. All these things that a hack could directly end up taking a life. We’re heading towards that.

I think there will be moments where hacks do take people’s lives. That’s where it gets really hairy.