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US government investigating medical device security, as threats rise

The DHS is investigating several medical products to ensure they cannot be hacked by cybercriminals
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Oct 22, 2014 4:30 pm

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now concerned of cybersecurity flaws discovered in medical devices, with two dozen reported incidents, according to officials. A Hospira infusion pump and St. Jude Medical Inc and Medtronic implantable heart devices are now being reviewed by the DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). There is no evidence that these products have been successfully compromised by hackers, but the DHS wants to try to prevent it from happening in the future.

 

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"The conventional wisdom in the past was that products only had to be protected from unintentional threats," said William Maisel, FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health chief scientist noted. "Now they also have to be protected from intentional threats too."

 

As medical technology advances, the "smart" devices are susceptible to hacker interference, cybersecurity experts warn, though it appears compromising these medical products would still be rather difficult.

NEWS SOURCES:Reuters.com, Dodgecommunications.com

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