FDA Safety Communication: Firmware Update to Address Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified in Abbott's Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers

On August 23, 2017, the FDA approved a firmware update that is now available and is intended as a recall, specifically a corrective action,  to reduce the risk of patient harm due to potential exploitation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities for certain Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical) pacemakers. "Firmware" is a specific type of software embedded in the hardware of a medical device (e.g. a component in the pacemaker).

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