Medical devices targeted by cyber attacks

Medical data risk

Hacking and cyber attacks are no longer confined to computers. Thanks to the Internet of Things they affect a whole lot of other equipment too and that includes medical devices.

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Application protection specialist Arxan has produced an infographic looking at the growing threat landscape surrounding connected medical devices.

Among its findings are that a worrying 94 percent of healthcare organizations have been victims of a cyber attack. Vulnerabilities include patient data theft, manipulation of therapy with the potential to harm patients, and malware infections that can spread throughout a healthcare network.

Headline attacks include a patient who was able to hack his own insulin pump, and a hospital forced to shut down its patient database following a ransomware attack.

You can see more, including recommendations for protection, in the infographic below.

Arxan medical hacks

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