Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Security Experts Warn of Threat Hackers Pose to Medical Devices

Originally published by Robert Kraft.


The Hill reported that “it is embarrassingly easy to hack medical devices, experts warn, creating a new security threat that could have life-or-death consequences.” The Hill explains many devices are “easily hacked” because they “are produced by legacy companies that are new to designing software” or by startups “that have to bootstrap costs.” The Hill cites how the Department of Homeland Security and the Food and Drug Administration last year “advised hospitals to discontinue using” drug infusion pump made by Hospira after it was found to have one of the most serious “vulnerabilities.” Security researcher Billy Rios highlighted several problems with protecting the medical devices against hackers, in particular their “lengthy development time” and “long life cycle” in a hospital. The Hill adds the FDA “is starting to mobilize to combat the threat, although some say the agency is not moving quickly enough.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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