Healthcare News & Insights

Viruses attacking medical devices are rampant, warns government panel

Many medical devices run computer software, and therefore are vulnerable to the same malware attacks as other computing devices. And the threat to patient safety is rapidly growing, said participants in a recent government panel. 

Study: Medical device security isn’t well reported

Many medical devices connect to providers’ networks, meaning they could be vulnerable to security attacks, just like any other network-facing computing device. And according to one study, the government isn’t doing enough to track risks and enforce security. 

Wireless tech makes hospital & patients very vulnerable to hackers

Did you hear the story about the guy who wirelessly hacked a patient’s defibrillator to make it give a shock? He also disabled the defibrillator’s power-saving mode, causing the battery to run down in hours instead of years.

Medical devices can be hacked, DHS warns

The increase in the use of health IT is beneficial for both doctors and patients. But it’s also added some security risks providers must watch out for – including in some unexpected areas. 

Warning: Medical devices can be hacked, group says

Portable computing devices have gotten a lot attention for their potential to expose sensitive medical information. But many medical devices themselves may also be vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.