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It’s Insanely Easy to Hack Hospital Equipment

From Wired: This is not good.

…he knew he would find security problems–but he wasn’t prepared for just how bad it would be.

In a study spanning two years, Erven and his team found drug infusion pumps–for delivering morphine drips, chemotherapy and antibiotics–that can be remotely manipulated to change the dosage doled out to patients; Bluetooth-enabled defibrillators that can be manipulated to deliver random shocks to a patient’s heart

via It’s Insanely Easy to Hack Hospital Equipment | Threat Level | WIRED.

This is part of the “Internet of Things”. That is things that have a chip and network connection. The benefits of connection will be imense on the other hand there is a real and mostly unknown security issue. Then again just because it is possible does not make it likely. Who would want to hack a defibrillator?

UPDATE: Related, Heartbleed again,  In other words, the Internet of Things needs a patch. “It really is disturbing, the number of devices that are affected by this,”

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