It proved that medical equipment can be hacked and issue false diagnoses
Modern medical equipment that stores critical information about the patient such as diagnostic results, usually connected to the Internet. Unfortunately, all this data is poorly protected, and researchers from the University of the Israeli Ben Gurion demonstrated what this means. In particular, they can break into a computer tomography apparatus for the diagnosis of cancer and to make he showed a positive result. Scientists have told us what this deception can be dangerous, and what you need to do to protect yourself from it.
According to the researcher Kim Zetter, for breaking medical equipment can be used by malicious software, which is embedded in the memory via the Internet. Such case in history has never been recorded, the researchers are advised to secure equipment before vulnerabilities are used by criminals.
False cancer diagnosis have a completely healthy person itself seems very terrible mistake. In addition, it will affect the mental state and life of the patient, it may also assign unnecessary treatments that can harm their health. According to scientists, radiologists error caused by the results of broken equipment, can have larger consequences, up to change the political course of the elections.
To prevent this, the researchers recommend right now to do enhanced protection of medical devices. In particular, they talk about the need to encrypt information to prevent malicious users to view and modify the diagnostic data. Particular attention should be paid to this issue hospitals that use the old equipment - a mistake can cost patients lives.
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