Kevin Fu

Cyber sleuth Kevin Fu works to defeat hackers who could attack embedded devices, from credit cards to pacemakers and defibrillators.

Could there really be people twisted enough to consider hacking into a pacemaker to give someone a heart attack? Sadly, yes. So Fu tries to keep ahead of potential threats by identifying security gaps in our every day technology, then working to address them. Recently, he’s teamed up with electrical and biomedical engineers, as well as cardiologists, to improve the security of medical devices using radio frequency identification (RFID). At age 33, Fu has just been named the 2009 Young Innovator of the Year by Technology Review magazine for his groundbreaking work.