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Police Uses Data From Pacemaker To Solve A Case

Pacemaker hack

Ross Compton’s house was destroyed in a fire on September 2016. He broke the window glass by his walking stick, climbed up and successfully made his escape. Then he put the heavy bags in his car and drove to a safe place.

The cost of total damage to the 2000 square foot property was estimated to be around $400,000. Compton survived but his cat wasn’t that lucky.

The investigation on this accident started the next day. The investigators were doubting Compton because of below reasons:

  • This 59 years old from Ohio had medical problems, he had artificial heart implant. It was quite a miracle for him to get out of the house, break window and carry those heavy bags
  • He told 911 that “everyone” is out of the house but at the end of the call he said “get out of here now”
  • There was some gasoline on his clothes and shoes

Police requested for a search warrant on his medical device (pacemaker). The pacemaker log provided data for heart rate, pacer demand and cardiac rhythms before, during and after the fire. Analyzing the data the investigators came to know that Compton’s story was not adding up.

The cardiologist told court that

It’s highly improbable Mr Compton would have been able to collect, pack and remove the number of items from the house, exit his bedroom window and carry numerous large and heavy items to the front of his residence during the short period of time he has indicated due to his medical conditions.

Compton will be prosecuted next month.

This reminds me of the quote from US intelligence chief

In the future, intelligence services might use the [IoT] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials – James Clapper

Source: Network World

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