Hackers Could Tamper With Medical Devices, FDA Says

2020-02-24 00:48:02    阅读:201987

Nothing, it seems, is safe from hackers not Yahoos ad network, the federal government, or even electronic skateboards. Another item to add to the li

st: medical devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Homeland Secu

rity have both issued advisories warning h

ospitals not to use the

Hospira infusion system Symbiq because of cyber vulnerabilities. No known attack has occurred, but by accessing a hospitals network, hackers could theoretically fiddle with the intravenous infusion pump.  This could allow an unauthorized user to control the device and change the dosage the pump delivers, which could lead to over- or under-infusion of critical patient therapies, the FDA wrote in a statement.

But its not just the Symbiq pump that has security problems. According to a WIRED report last year, security experts who studied on Midwestern medical facility chain over the course of two years found a host of security vulnerabilities. Just a few issues they founded included Bluetooth-enabled defibrillators that can be manipulated to deliver random shocks to a patients heart or prevent a medically needed shock from occurring; X-rays that can be accessed by outsiders lurking on a hospitals network; temperature settings on refrigerators storing blood and drugs that can be reset, ca

using spoilage; and digital medical records that can be altered to cause

physicians to

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