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Hacking Healthcare: Are insulin pumps more suseptible to attack?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 4:11pm
Mass Device

Some insulin pumps contain a dangerous combination of software security weaknesses and "convenient" features that could prevent patients from knowing that their device has been compromised, a new report says.

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Insulin pumps are designed to be convenient and easy to use, but those features may make them more vulnerable to a hacker, a new report says.

That's because some of these life-saving medical devices may contain a dangerous combination: Wireless access, security vulnerabilities and features that may prevent a patient from knowing when a device has been compromised, researchers warned at a health security and privacy forum this week. Malicious hackers, known as "crackers," could exploit those vulnerabilities and cause serious harm to or even kill unsuspecting patients.

Medical device companies downplay the risks, pointing out that there are no cases on record of malicious hacks on medical devices, let alone evidence that any patient has been harmed via cyber-attack.

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