Security Testers Managed to Hack Hospital Patient Monitors and Drug Dispensers

Security Testers Managed to Hack Hospital Patient Monitors and Drug Dispensers

As part of a wide-ranging, two-year-long attack, hackers managed to breach the systems of a number of hospitals, exposing critical patient systems to wide-ranging attacks. Luckily, the hacks were just a drill, but the flaws exposed are scary as hell.

In a paper published by Independent Security Evaluators, white-hat penetration testers examined the systems of 12 hospitals, two data centers, and some specific medical hardware. Using a variety of classic techniques—dropping infected USB drives next to computer terminals, or just plugging into publicly-accessible ports—the researchers gained control over some critical systems.

Most scarily, they found a way into patient monitors, which they could force to change at will—displaying false alarms or incorrect…

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