May 10, 2016

Cybersecurity experts hack into hospital software, medical devices

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

An Independent Security Evaluators study of 12 hospitals found that all had vulnerabilites that could lead to patient deaths or harm, according to a May 9 report from WUSA 9.

During the study, cybersecurity experts were able to remotely control respirators and patient monitors, trigger false alarms, and bypass online authentication processes of medical devices.

The tests were conducted in controlled settings in hospitals that volunteered to participate in the study. 


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --- Cybersecurity experts have found ways to hack into hospital equipment. A recent IT study exposed the vulnerabilities of technology used inside medical facilities. The study conducted by Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) tested the hackability of hospital software and medical devices keeping patients alive.


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