Thursday, June 15, 2017

Connected Devices in Medicine Vulnerable to Hacking

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For those of you who are diehard tech types, you’ve no doubt heard of the potential problems that exist with the IoT (Internet of Things - connected devices).
 
Well it turns out it isn’t just your thermostat or garage door opener that can be hacked.  Now a big focus is coming on medical devices.  It seems that a recent study done by security company WhiteScope has shown 8,000 separate vulnerabilities in the code of cardiac devices.  I don’t know about you, but the chance of several coding bugs that are susceptible to hacks are not the kind of things I want connected to my heart.
 
The most frightening part to me was that when the company accessed the devices not a single solitary one required any kind of security to log in.  You read that correctly.  There is no username or password, not even a pathetic “1234” to get connected to a device controlling the human heart.
 
Add to that the simple fact that many healthcare devcies used in hospitals are running proprietary legacy systems or even will only run under Windows XP and you can see the potential for disaster here.
 
Healthcare companies need to get on this NOW.  There is very little time to waste.

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