Hacker Dies Before Planned Presentation on Lethal Pacemaker Hacks

isH220EyUfi8The presentation was scheduled for hacker conference DEFCON:

Via Reuters:

Well-known hacker Barnaby Jack has died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to show off techniques for attacking implanted heart devices that he said could kill a man from 30 feet away.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office said he died in the city on Thursday. It gave no details.

Jack, a security expert, became one of the most famous hackers on the planet after a 2010 demonstration in which he forced ATMs to spit out cash, dubbed “Jackpotting.”

Hat tip: BoingBoing.

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  • Joevl

    Nothing to see here, move along now please…

  • Anarchy Pony

    Preemptive strike by Cheney…

  • Woobniggurath

    I would have expected a small plane crash. Or is that way too ’80s?

    • VaudeVillain

      Needs too much setup. Car accidents are where it’s at these days.

      That said, the ME not releasing details *might* indicate that they believe it’s a suicide. I’m not saying that it is, mind you, just putting it out there that it isn’t uncommon for those things to be left for the family to disclose (or not) as they see fit.

  • Calypso_1

    They used a nam-shub to root his deep pathways.