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Hospital drug pump can be hacked to overdose you

Hospital drug pump can be hacked to overdose you
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It hasn't been a good couple months for medical equipment security. I told you last month about a Hospira drug pump that could give hackers full access to a hospital's secure network that connects critical lifesaving gadgets.

Then yesterday, I told you that security firm TrapX had found viruses on hospital equipment, including a blood gas analyzer and an X-ray machine. So it shouldn't surprise you that another problem has come to light.

The same researcher who found the problem in the drug pump, Billy Rios, was in the hospital recently and found himself hooked up to another model of Hospira drug pump. So, he got curious and did some checking.

It turns out that the drug pump includes a drug library that sets safe dose limits for various drug types. Unfortunately, anyone with access to the machine, even over the network, can play with those safe dose limits and cause an overdose.

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