Cheney Feared Terrorists Could Hack His Heart

Veep disabled defibrillator's wireless feature

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Before it was a plot point for the fictional vice president on Showtime’s Homeland, former Vice President Dick Cheney feared terrorists could hack his defibrillator.

In a “60 Minutes” interview to air Sunday, Cheney said his doctor disabled the wireless feature on his implanted heart device so that a terrorist couldn’t use it to somehow send a shock to his heart and induce cardiac arrest.

Cheney said he has seen the episode of Homeland in which a terrorist uses that method to kill the vice president and that he’d already known “from the experience we had … that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible.”