MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Almost half a million people in the U.S. must update their pacemakers that are vulnerable to being hacked.READ MORE: Sports Car Wedged Under Big Rig In Miami Crash, Passenger Rescued
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling implantable pacemakers from “Abbott Laboratories.”
According to the FDA, the pacemakers could be compromised by hackers.READ MORE: AAA: Gas Prices Rise Across Florida As Oil Prices Surge; Average Price For Gallon Of Regular At $3.22
The flaws would potentially allow hackers to change the settings or even turn off the pacemakers.
Patients with the devices embedded in their chests will require a trip to the hospital to make the fix.MORE NEWS: Free Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Tests Can Be Ordered Online Starting Wednesday
To check if your pacemaker is included in the recall, contact the company’s hotline at 1-800-722-3774.