Why People Are Hacking Ventilators to Save Lives

Why a Polish hacker is bypassing manufacturers to repair life saving ventilators.
July 17, 2020, 1:00pm

It’s a tale as old as our digital era: Tech enthusiasts wanting to repair their devices without the authorization of the company that makes them. Apple, for example, is notoriously awful at allowing users access to easy fixes of iPhones or Macbooks and instead offers expensive options at its stores or authorized service providers.

And like everything in our society, the current pandemic has exposed these right to repairs practises for what they are: Ridiculous.

Our Motherboard EIC Jason Koebler is here to tell us about a Polish hacker who is bypassing manufacturers to repair life saving ventilators that are in short supply wherever COVID-19 cases spike.