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This is what it looks like when hackers take over your drug pump

This is what it looks like when hackers take over your drug pump
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We've told you before that hospital equipment is tragically wide open to hackers. These tools are built to save your life, but in a hacker's hands they could just as easily kill you. It's not just an abstract threat.

The video below was presented at the BlackBerry Security Summit in New York. Two security professionals demonstrate how easy it is for them to hack drug infusion pumps. If a malicious hacker were to infiltrate your drug pump, they could raise the dosage limit and give you a deadly dose of medicine.

Wired reports that another security researcher has identified the manufacturer of the pump in the video as Hospira, which makes several models of the drug pumps. According to Wired, an alert regarding two of those models was issued early in the year, but not about other models, and no one knows if hospitals heeded the FDA's warning about the drug pumps' lack of security.

Watch this frightening video to see how two security pros hack a drug pump, and check back often to our Happening Now page for the latest security threats and hacks.

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Source: Wired
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