If you thought that antibiotic resistant infections were the only sort of bug you had to worry about when you are hospitalized then this story on Wired is not for you. Scott Erven is head of information security for Essentia Health which operates a network of 100 facilities in the US and he has released some shocking news about the hackability of hospital equipment. It would seem that almost every life saving device is hackable, in many cases quite easily hacked by remote. Implantable defibrillators can be set off by an attacker or worse, prevented from shocking a heart when it should, drug infusion pumps can have the delivered dosage changed, maximum radiation levels delivered by CT scans can be changed and a host of other rather terrifying vulnerabilities make going to the hospital even more anxiety inducing than it already was. Your best bet is to try to stay healthy.
"When Scott Erven was given free rein to roam through all of the medical equipment used at a large chain of Midwest health care facilities, he knew he would find security problems–but he wasn’t prepared for just how bad it would be."
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