Pacemaker/defibrillators vulnerable to wireless attack

Says the New York Times:

The report, to published at, makes clear that the hundreds of thousands of people in this country with implanted defibrillators or pacemakers to regulate their damaged hearts — they include Vice President Dick Cheney — have no need yet to fear hackers. The experiment required more than $30,000 worth of lab equipment and a sustained effort by a team of specialists[…]

Really? So all it costs for bloodless and undetectable assassination of a sitting US Vice President (or mob boss, or former Russian spy) is thirty thousand bucks and some stolen or recreated research? Sounds like there is something to fear. Sure the attack is only “theoretical.” Until someone does it, then suddenly it is “actual.”