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SureID Blog / Industry News  / Medical Devices Are Prone to Severe Hacks
Patient being revived by defibrillator machine

Medical Devices Are Prone to Severe Hacks

When people think of hacks, they tend to think about their personal computer or a website, but how often do they tend to think about medical devices?

It might not seem like it, but healthcare systems are some of the most commonly hacked systems in the world.

“For the past three years, the healthcare sector has been hacked even more than the financial sector. And more and more hacking incidents are targeting medical devices,” May Wang, the Chief Technology Officer at Zing Box said to Wired in their news article.

Lily Hay Newman writes in her Wired piece about how the healthcare industry from hospitals to medical technology companies are at risk for a huge sabotage of their systems in they don’t integrate valuable security solutions like identity verification.

Key Takeaways From the Article

  • Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney recognized the threat of hacked medical devices, and he ordered for his pacemaker to be better protected from hackers.
  • Medical systems are relatively relaxed with their security, and that can (and has) caused hackers to break into their systems and trigger everything from fatal doses in an insulin pump to developing ransomware on hospital administrator systems.
  • Hackers have the ability to target more than 36,000 healthcare related devices in the U.S. alone.

One of the more popular medical items that can be hacked are implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). There are a lot of companies that are a part of producing an ICD, and if just one of those companies don’t have a secure vendor risk management system, then every ICD they touch could potentially be compromised.
You can read the full story, here.

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