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The Six Lines of Code that Could Bring Down a Hospital

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 6:00am
Mass Device

The software flaw that allowed a duo of cybersecurity researchers to bring down a Philips XPER hospital management system with 6 lines of code is still a problem in current XPER machines, Philips tells MassDevice.com.

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Using fairly rudimentary hacking techniques, researchers have exposed vulnerabilities in a variety of medical devices, most recently in a Philips (NYSE:PHG) Xper hospital management system that buckled under the force of a mere 6 lines of code.

The Xper device often connects with hospital machines and patient databases that could be compromised by someone with the know-how and motive to infiltrate the system.

Researchers at Cylance Inc. who wrote the code warn that the software security loophole could provide malicious hackers the means to crash the hospital information device at will, take control of the system and even use it as a gateway to access other devices on the same network.

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