Marie Moe

Marie-Moe-portrait-with-pacemakerSpeaker Name: Marie Moe
Title: Breaking my own heart


Gradually we are all becoming more and more dependent on machines, we will be able to live longer with an increased quality of life due to machines integrated into our body. However, our dependence on technology grows faster than our ability to secure it, and a security failure of a medical device can have fatal consequences. This talk is about Marie’s personal experience with being the host of a vulnerable medical implant, and why she decided to start a hacking project on the security of her own personal critical infrastructure.

Marie’s life depends on the functioning of a medical device, a pacemaker that generates each and every beat of her heart. This computer inside of her may fail due to hardware and software issues, due to misconfigurations or network-connectivity.
Yes, you read that correctly. The pacemaker has a wireless interface for remote monitoring forcing the patient to become a human part of the Internet-of-Things. As a security-professional Marie is worried about her heart’s attack surface. How can she trust the machine inside her body, when it is running on proprietary code and there is no transparency? This is why she went shopping on eBay and acquired medical devices that can communicate with her pacemaker, and started a hacking project to figure out how the security is implemented in her personal critical infrastructure.


About the Speaker

Marie Moe cares about public safety and securing systems that may impact human lives, this is why she has joined the grassroots organisation “I Am The Cavalry”. Marie is a research scientist at the independent research organisation SINTEF, and has a PhD in information security. She is currently doing research on the security of her own personal critical infrastructure, an implanted pacemaker that is generating every single beat of her heart. Marie loves to break crypto protocols, but gets angry when the weak crypto is in her own body.