Kevin Fu's Students Represent Archimedes at DEF CON 2019
"Through Archimedes, Ben Cyr and I were able to attend DEFCON this year for the first time. For those that have not been to DEFCON, to say the least it is certainly a different kind of event due to the interesting talks, the mob of hackers stumbling around Vegas, hands-on security workshops, and the “villages” with direct access to products such as medical devices or voting machines. We knew we had truly arrived when an ambulance passed by and a random attendee commented on how “cool” it would be if someone had hacked a pacemaker.
In between the craziness described above, we managed to have several productive conversations with medical device manufacturers and attended several interesting talks — particularly at the Biohacking Village. This village included medical device themed talks, hands-on workshops, and a medical device lab. Ultimately, we spent the majority of our time at the medical device lab partially due to full physical access to examine (and hack) several of the devices. But even more importantly, we could talk medical device security with several software and hardware engineers from attending medical device companies. On our end, we believe the relationships and ideas born from these interesting interactions may lead to future research. Similarly, I believe these conversations may have helped these engineers consider new threat vectors. Overall, this experience was very fruitful and fulfilling, and we hope to attend next year and see more medical devices there!"
Graduate Research Assistant
CSE University of Michigan