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cybersecurity and biomedical technology research for healthcare

Friday, August 11 at 4:30 PM

José Fernández

My CPAP has a recall, lets open it instead!

We all need to sleep and having sleep apnea sucks. Sleep apnea diagnoses have become more prevalent among our society. The continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP equipment, like the Phillips Dreamstation, helps individuals with sleep apnea by providing a regulated air stream into their respiratory system. Problem is sometimes these medical devices have manufacturer recalls and the main concern around the recalls are due to the increased risk of getting much sicker while using the devices, usually due to the reduced manufacturing costs per component within medical devices. This talk focuses on the Philips Dreamstation device that is part of an on-going recall. This talk will cover a simple tear down and analysis of the device components and will also cover the CPAP firmware scene where hackers homebrew and modify firmware to help them and their friends get sleep across CPAP devices.


José Fernández is the President of CompSec Direct. José's background in CNO, CND, and engineering has allowed him to work in some of the most technically demanding environments in both private and public sector. Mr. Fernandez is a Puertorican Hacker Dude, Veteran, and the Director of Recruitment for AUSCF.

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