Barnaby Jack, World’s Most Elite Computer Hacker, Dead At 35

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Barnaby Jack

Barnaby Jack, reputed to be one of the best computer hackers on the planet and head of embedded devices at security firm IOActive, is dead.

The 35 year old was highly respected in computer security circles, often finding ‘back doors’ into systems that left them open to cyber attacks.

He found fame when he publicly hacked an ATM machine making it give out random amounts of money in a technique that became known as ‘jackpotting’

His death, which is being described as ‘unexpected’ by friends, occurred on Thursday in San Francisco. The Medical Examiners Office has confirmed his death, but has given no other details so far.

He was due to give a lecture at the Black Hat Event in Las Vegas, which starts tomorrow. His presentation entitled “Implantable Medical Devices: Hacking Humans” was due to be given on August 1st.

Jack had discovered that medical devices such as insulin pumps and heart pacemakers could be hacked from a considerable distance, causing the pumps to dispense fatal doses of the drug and pacemakers to malfunction seriously enough to stop the wearer’s heart. The presentation was to explain to companies the vulnerabilities of such devices and how they could be improved to prevent tampering.

In 2006 the FDA began to approve fully wireless pacemakers and other medical devices and that’s when the vulnerabilities began to show up.

With millions of implantable devices in use in the United States alone, the possibility of some kind of mass murder atrocity is a very real one.

Black Hat said in a statement:

We have lost a member of our family. Everyone would agree that the life and work of Barnaby Jack are legendary and irreplaceable. Barnaby had the ability to take complex technology and intricate research and make it tangible and accessible for everyone to learn and grow from. Beyond his work in our industry, Barnaby was an incredibly warm hearted and welcoming individual with a passion for celebrating life. We all have a hilarious and upbeat story about Barnaby. He is truly a shining example of what we love about this community.

Black Hat will not be replacing Barnaby’s talk on Thursday, Aug. 1. No one could possibly replace him, nor would we want them to. The community needs time to process this loss. The hour will be left vacant as a time to commemorate his life and work, and we welcome our attendees to come and share in what we hope to be a celebration of his life. Barnaby Jack meant so much to so many people, and we hope this forum will offer an opportunity for us all to recognize the legacy that he leaves behind.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Barnaby Jack’s family and loved ones. Words cannot adequately describe how much he will be missed, but it is certain that Barnaby will NEVER be forgotten. (source)

What killed Barnaby Jack remains to be seen though it’s distinctly possible we will never know for sure. It’s not inconceivable that someone, somewhere may not want the vulnerability of implantable medical devices, and of medical drug administration apparatus to become common knowledge. It would after all be a very convenient way to kill millions of people without even laying a finger on them.

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  • anon45

    The FEDS killed him!

  • C

    Don’t know about what killed him but the implantable chips that are written into the ObamaCare bill as mandatory for all, have been touted to be able to be used for medical treatments and not just for holding our id or medical records. The companies themselves have stated that these chips can help combat depression, treat anxiety etc. Well if they can do that then the can affect hormones, and can cause serious medical problems also. And yes they could be used to kill the bearer or to have them kill someone else. They can control how we process information and emotions so …they can control WHO WE ARE. That is supremely scary but if they can be remotely hacked…

  • mijj

    hackable insulin pumps, pacemakers, etc? .. excellent way to keep those politicians in line, eh?

    • Jean


      The ELITES’ models will be “unhackable” – until the Pol steps out of line with Elite wishes. then suddenly there will be a massive “hacking” incident and a scapegoat WILL be found.

      I begin to think we need to make a unified irregular front against these actions. Worm our way into the halls of power, and then beat the snot out of all the evil animals in those halls.
      POTUS, Representatives, lobbyists, Tri-Laterals, etc, etc, etc.
      Most sheeple probably deserve this – but we need to face the reality, this will NEVER end. We either face the reality of war now, or we deal with the reality of war forced on us, then.

  • The Other Barnaby

    Killed by propranolol stroke. Be careful with your beta blockers, peeps: easy to poison, easy to OD.

    Any electrical device implanted as critical medical system will always be vulnerable to EMP. Everyone knows this. Moore’s Law says localized EMP should be as small (deployable) as a stun gun these days. B’s knowledge and exposure of the UWB pacemaker/pump “hacking” is a red herring.