Hackers could use a vulnerability found in a widely used mini circuit board to take control of millions of devices, including insulin pumps, putting patients’ lives at risk, reports MedTech Dive.
IBM has discovered a cybersecurity vulnerability that could potentially allow hackers to remotely take control of insulin pumps and alter medication dosages to patients, as well as “manipulate” readings from medical device monitors “to cover up concerning vital signs or create false panic.”
X-Force Red, IBM’s hacking team, last week for the first time publicly reported a problem with modules from French aerospace company Thales used in millions of internet-connected devices in the auto, energy, and healthcare industries. Using a flaw in the module, or mini circuit board that enables mobile communication, criminals could cause an insulin pump to overdose a patient. Neither IBM nor Thales have disclosed which manufacturers’ pumps are vulnerable.
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