Insulin Pump Can be Hacked: Johnson & Johnson

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Oct. 4, 2016 -- The OneTouch Ping insulin pump is vulnerable to hacking, Johnson & Johnson says.

A cybersecurity flaw in the device could allow hackers to infuse potentially life-threatening additional doses of insulin without a patient's knowledge, Bloomberg News reported.

"The probability of unauthorized access to the OneTouch Ping System is extremely low," the company said in a letter to patients. "It would require technical expertise, sophisticated equipment and proximity to the pump, as the OneTouch Ping system is not connected to the Internet or to any external network."

Johnson & Johnson said it has taken steps to correct the problem and outlined how patients can reduce their risks, Bloomberg reported.