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Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

Science-fiction horror trope now a reality in 2018

Scientists in Belgium have tested the security of a wireless brain implant called a neurostimulator – and found that its unprotected signals can be hacked with off-the-shelf equipment.

And because this particularly bit of kit resides amid sensitive gray matter – to treat conditions like Parkinson’s – the potential consequences of successful remote exploitation include voltage changes that could result in sensory denial, disability, and death…