2013 Barnaby Jack, respected hacker of ATMs and medical devices, found dead in San Francisco 

Barnaby Jack, a programmer and hacker who gained worldwide recognition and respect for numerous technical feats including hacking medical implants and hijacking an ATM (cash machine) and forcing it to spit out money, was found dead on Thursday evening in an apartment in San Francisco, as Reuters reported. According to Reuters, a police spokesperson said that “foul play” was not suspected in Jack’s death. But the report states that an autopsy is being performed, and that the results are anticipated within a month. Jack was reportedly 35.

Jack had been due to speak at the 2013 Black Hat cyber security conference in Las Vegas next Thursday, August 1st. He was allegedly going to present a method of wirelessly hacking a pacemaker, potentially using it to deliver a high voltage shock and kill a patient with one implanted. He previously described the plausibility of hacking and weaponizing pacemakers in February, and demonstrating the ability to wirelessly hack insulin pumps as well. In 2010, Jack performed a demonstration at Black Hat of his clever, inconspicuous method of using a pre-programmed card to bypass the security software on a common ATM model made by the company Tranax, causing it to dump cash on stage. The technique, known as “Jackspotting,” made news headlines around the world. See full story. LINK to full article > https://www.theverge.com/culture/2013/7/26/4561176/barnaby-jack-hacker-atm-pacemaker-dies


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