Disclaimer: don’t read this if you don’t want your sense of security involving medical information shattered. This post is based on a Skytalk presented at Def Con 27. The presenter opted to redact their name for privacy concerns. What made this talk quite startling was the fact that the presenter supports over 25 hospitals around the US and has insight of just how poor … [Read more...]
Medical Device Security – What’s the Industry Doing About It
In a previous post I wrote about the poor security of medical devices, and used this Bloomberg article from November 2015 to highlight the severity of the situation, and the need for the industry to fix this problem to protect patient safety and privacy. While my intent was to provide a “then and now” perspective, it was rightly pointed out by a reader that I leaned-in too much … [Read more...]
Medical Device Security Fiasco?
You would think that medical devices, which aid in sustaining health and wellness on many levels, would be focused on security to some extent, right? Well thinking it and it being a reality apparently are not two peas in the same pod. Despite numerous outcries and public demonstrations from cyber security specialists and researchers to medical equipment vendors, and even to the … [Read more...]
Dr. Hacker Isn’t Wearing a White Coat
Hackers have medical devices in their crosshairs. What started as proof-of-concept vulnerabilities around medical pumps and scanners has evolved over the past few years into devastating ransomware attacks and stealthy medical device hijacks like the well-known MedJack. The general growth in network attacks is nothing new, but the increase in unprotected network-enabled medical … [Read more...]