US Government Probes Medical Devices for Possible Cyber Flaws

Source: Re/Code

So, the US Government is now concerned about flaws with medical devices. I feel that if they were really concerned, the FDA would implement policies requiring that devices are built securely.

From my experience in the medical world, I can tell you, that medical devices are currently far, very far from being secure. In fact, I have specific security experience with the Hospira infusion pumps being insecure.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cyber security flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.

The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an infusion pump from Hospira and implantable heart devices from Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, according to other people familiar with the cases, who asked not to be identified because the probes are confidential.

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