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Health alert: FDA initiative to keep hackers out of medical devices takes giant step forward

Health alert: FDA initiative to keep hackers out of medical devices takes giant step forward
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It's bad enough when a hacker takes over your computer and steals your online banking username, password, and your money. What's that saying? "It's only money."

Far worse is when hackers hack into life-saving medical devices. We've told you too many times about this all-too-real threat, when cybercriminals remotely break into internet-connected medical devices that keep people alive.

And of course, there have been a slew of recent hospital ransomware hacks that put your health records and prescriptions into hackers' hands. Fortunately, the federal government is taking a giant step forward in ensuring that the medical devices that keep you alive are secure.

Congressman Jim Langevin from Rhode Island, who co-chairs the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, recently signed a letter of support for the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) cybersecurity guidelines for medical equipment makers. In January, the FDA issued a draft of these guidelines.

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