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Medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, warns FDA

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June 14, 2013
Cybersecurity
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“The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to the healthcare industry, calling for more vigilance when it comes to protecting medical devices from hacking. Anything from Pacemakers to hospital x-ray machines are at risk, thanks to a wide array of lax cybersecurity practices like ‘hard-coded passwords,’ out-of-date software, and poorly-protected internet connections. The FDA is calling on medical device manufacturers to ‘take steps to assure that appropriate safeguards are in place,’ and is recommending that device makers submit security plans as a part of their FDA approval requests.”

Source:Medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, warns FDA | The Verge