Tuesday, February 16, 2016
THIS DANGEROUS DIGITAL WORLD.
“Digital security related to medical devices such as pacemakers and MRI machines has become a growing concern.
In 2012, the Government Accountability Office issued a report stating that a number of intentional security threats could exploit vulnerabilities in implantable medical devices and called on the Food and Drug Administration to consider the risks in its approval process”.
The following news item Tuesday is very scary!.
“A Southern California hospital fell victim to hackers last week — offering a glimpse at one of many digital threats facing health care. Hollywood Presbyterian is at least the fourth hospital this year to be reportedly affected by ransomware.
Criminals reportedly infected Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center computers with ransomware — malware that cryptographically locks devices. The thieves have demanded 9,000 bitcoins, the equivalent of $3.65 million, to unlock the machines, according to sources who spoke with Los Angeles television stations.
Though there are no recorded patient injuries or deaths tied to cyberattacks, digital security in hospitals, and, perhaps, more importantly in medical devices such as pacemakers and MRI machines, has become a growing concern in the industry.
When Avi Rubin began taking tours of East Coast hospitals in the 1990s, he found myriad reasons to worry.
Sloppy password protections at computer labs, practices vulnerable to tampering, and drug dispensing robots controlled by software.
“What if something went wrong with that software?” said Rubin, a Johns Hopkins University computer science professor, at the Enigma Conference, a security gathering in San Francisco last month.
“What if someone were attack this system and cause all the drugs to be wrong?”
If those changes weren’t noticed, thousands of people could receive incorrect dosages or medication. They could die.