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#1
I currently use a ResMed S9 with and sd card.  I may get the newer ResMed machine however I am concerned about the security of the data transmitted and  received.  Also does the wifi on this machine become part of the Internet of Things making it usable for hackers to use the machine for nefarious purposes?
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#2
Anything is hackable theoretically that is connected wirelessly. However the Resmed machines communicate only via Cellular towers with Resmed's servers not through your home wireless network. It's more like a cell phone on a cell network rather than on the internet. So I suppose it is possible that the data could be intercepted somehow if someone really tried, though why anyone would want to look at my sleep results is beyond me. They are welcome to do so if they wish. Smile

I believe only Resmed and your DME can see your results with the DME having the option of making changes remotely to your machine for the settings (though that doesn't happen too often) and your machine is capable of firmware updates remotely initiated by Resmed.
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#3
Hackers have bigger fish to fry.  They are looking for profit.
One of the major credit reporting agencies was hacked; and much of the data needed to steal a large number of identities (15 million) was posted on the dark web.   They sell that information in blocks; and get paid by a cyber-currency.

What does a hacker gain by hacking cpap data?
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#4
I prefer the SD card method.  Simple and YOU are in control.
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#5
Nothing to gain but why do crazy people hack into people's pacemakers?
Nutcases with nothing better to do are worrying clinicians who use medical monitoring equipment.
Someone stupid could change your settings or render your machine inoperable.
We have medical personnel who murder patients just for kicks nothing personal just kicks.


Of course all of this is highly improbable but why open the door even a tiny crack.

I don't like my DME people either and I don't want them to have access to my info.  I take my SD card directly to the doctor when I see her.
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#6
Hi Pam. You can set your machine to aeroplane mode, but I believe it will reset back to on-air mode after a fixed time. If you search the forum you will find a thread about physically disabling the modem. That would of course void your warranty and if you're on a rent-to-buy scheme you could land yourself in a bit of strife. But it would take the machine off the air permanently.
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#7
To return to your first question: "Also does the wifi on this machine become part of the Internet of Things making it usable for hackers to use the machine for nefarious purposes?"

It is important to point out and remember that the Resmed machines do not have wifi. They will not connect to your home router nor to the internet. They contain a cellular data modem much like the one in your mobile phone. It is as secure (or insecure) as your cell phone - more secure, because it will not download random nefarious apps from an app store.

Remember, only you can install wifi in your Resmed machine - and a lot of people do. The dangers are, in my opinion, minimal.
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#8
Indeed, it is a CDMA cellular modem. (Not WiFi) However, the data does end up on ResMed's cloud servers.
I'm not a big fan of this; mainly because a DME might make a change to my machine settings.
Personally, I think the modem should have remained an external option like on S9 machines.

I think Airplane mode resets anytime power is cycled. If so, you would have to check the screen each night for the airplane mode icon.
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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(04-12-2017, 11:09 AM)PamVT41 Wrote: I currently use a ResMed S9 with and sd card.  I may get the newer ResMed machine however I am concerned about the security of the data transmitted and  received.  Also does the wifi on this machine become part of the Internet of Things making it usable for hackers to use the machine for nefarious purposes?

possibly

they can make changes to the settings remotely
so in theory some hacker could possibly do it too
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#10
(04-12-2017, 11:33 AM)justMongo Wrote: Hackers have bigger fish to fry.  They are looking for profit.
One of the major credit reporting agencies was hacked; and much of the data needed to steal a large number of identities (15 million) was posted on the dark web.   They sell that information in blocks; and get paid by a cyber-currency.

What does a hacker gain by hacking cpap data?

depends on the hacker and the hackee

if they can injure some patients
they can blackmail the device maker for a bundle
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