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A Possibly Deadly Software Bug In Tandem Diabetes Care App – PC Perspective

A Possibly Deadly Software Bug In Tandem Diabetes Care App – PC Perspective

This time it was a bug…

As our world is taken over by smart devices, the possibility of a software bug or virus causing loss of life is increasing. While losing control of your identity, money or data thanks to a hack is certainly scary, it doesn't compare to the dire consequences of a hack targeting something you depend on for survival. Tandem Diabetes Care's iOS app that controls implanted insulin pumps is an unfortunate example of this possibility.

The FDA was forced to recall the app after more than 200 users were injured when their pumps stopped working properly. The app may crash and restart immediately when it does. It would be a good thing if that restart loop didn't significantly drain the pump battery. This led to people thinking they were getting the full dose of insulin, when in fact they weren't.

In this case it was an unintentional bug, but it highlights the trouble that can be caused by a bad actor actively targeting these types of devices. If you know someone using The Apple iOS t:connect mobile app uses Control-IQ technology with the t:slim X2 insulin pumpmake sure they are aware of the issue.

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