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Viruses hit medical devices

Viruses hit medical devices
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As if visiting the hospital wasn't scary enough already, now patients have to worry about cybercriminals compromising medical devices. According to cybersecurity company TrapX, hackers are now infecting gadgets throughout hospitals with harmful malware in order to break into hospital networks and steal patient information.

While installing its technology in three hospitals, TrapX detected intrusions on blood gas analyzers, a picture archive and communications system and an X-ray system. The gadgets contained malware designed to infect the wider hospital network.

Ransomware, as well as Zeus, Citadel, and even Conficker, malware were discovered on the devices. While none of these real-world hacks of the medical devices appeared to be used for sabotage per se, TrapX says the malware on them indeed could be used for remote control of the devices.

The malware found on the devices included those designed to spread the virus across the hospital network, steal passwords and swipe patient information. But this is not the first serious security flaw discovered in critical hospital equipment. Earlier I wrote about a drug pump that could allow anyone access to the hospital's entire network.

Next page: Find out why hospitals are vulnerable to attack and how to fix the problem
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