Alert raised over cyber attacks on medical devices

The Australian Prime Minister falls to the floor clutching his chest as cybercriminals play power games with his pacemaker. A final flip of the remote and he’s dead.

It makes for gripping TV, but could this Homeland scene really happen?

Yes, says cybersecurity expert Dr Robert Merkel (PhD), an IT researcher at Monash University, Melbourne.

Dr Merkel is speaking with Australian Doctor following the release of a TGA alert advising medical device makers and hospitals to carry out IT assessments to determine the risk of cyber attack.