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Former US Vice President Dick Cheney had adjustments made to his implanted heart defibrillator to disable the device’s wireless functions as a precaution against potentially fatal hacker attack, according to reports.

Research has demonstrated that the devices are susceptible to attack by way of the wireless apparatus included in the mechanism which is intended to manage cardiac irregularities.

The report indicates those responsible for Cheney’s security were aware of the risks as early as 2001 when the device was installed, but he only recently had the wireless functions disable by the device’s manufacturer.

“It seemed to me to be a bad idea for the vice-president of the United States to have a device that maybe someone on a rope line or someone in the next hotel room or somebody downstairs might be able to get into, hack into,” said Dr. Jonathan Reiner who had performed the procedure.

Cheney acknowledged that he too was aware of the risks, and described a similar yet fictitious attack scenario that aired on the program Homeland as “an accurate portrayal of what was possible.”

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