(Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters ) A nurse stands next to a heart monitor.
Medical Implants Could Get New Security Feature Based on Your Heartbeat
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013Nidhi Subbaraman, NBC News
The unique signature of a person's beating heart could be used to secure his or her implanted medical devices against hack attacks. A security feature developed by researchers at Rice University and security firm RSA would listen to the patient's heartbeat, and will only permit a technician or doctor to tweak the medical device — for instance, an insulin pump or defibrillator — if the beats match. Read more: NBC News