Latest-generation medical devices are usually connected to the global network, so they can be hacked. Scientists at Ben-Gurion University in Israel have demonstrated the consequences.
The vulnerability of modern medical devices has been discussed for quite a long time. Israeli scientists have shown that this is not just a far-fetched issue, but a real threat that can lead to the most deplorable consequences. By way of experiment, the researchers hacked into the CAT scanner for cancer screening and programmed it to show a positive result.
But they didn’t just illustrate the issue but explained what needs to be done to protect equipment from such break-ins. According to the researcher Kim Zetter, it is essential to encrypt information stored in medical devices to prevent criminals from reaching and modifying diagnostic records. Hospitals that have outdated pieces of equipment are a special risk group, so they must ensure their security as a matter of priority for such devices are particularly easy to break into.
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