A renowned 35-year-old computer hacker who was set to show how heart implants could be hacked and used to kill people has died suddenly.
Barnaby Jack was due to speak at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas next week and was set to reveal how some medical implements could be manipulated. Last year, he revealed flaws in insulin pumps which could leave them vulnerable to hackers. New Zealand-born Jack shot to popularity in 2010 after demonstrating the “Jackpotting” technique he used to hack into an ATM and make it give out money.
His body was found in an apartment in San Francisco on Friday night. A police spokesman told Reuters foul play had been ruled out as investigations into the cause of death continued.
He had built a reputation in recent times for exposing flaws within medical equipment and worked with companies to help improve security.
His employer, cyber security and consulting firm, IOActive, tweeted following the news of his death.
Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby Jack has passed. He was a master hacker and dear friend. Here's to you Barnes!
— IOActive, Inc (@IOActive) July 26, 2013