We cannot even try to control hackers from corrupting our devices but yes we can have full control over our devices and place it in the safer hands. Technological devices are most prone to the attackers and we have found enough of security to protect these devices. Today, the major concern remains to safeguard and protect medical devices in the hospitals, clinics or other medical institutes.
In past few years, a number of medical devices were found susceptible to the attackers and the data stolen is not yet recovered nor they have found any measures to defend against this category of attacks.
A wide range of medical equipment right from glucometers to cardiac monitors makes use of wireless connectivity and sensors. Use of this mode of communication makes the devices more vulnerable to the attacks.
These devices are important as they have a tendency to monitor every movement of the patient’s internal body structure and give a clue to the doctor regarding which disease the patient from suffering from or what is its root cause.
The Department of Homeland security in the United States identified a huge security defect in the syringe infusion pumps that were manufactured by the Smiths Medical in Minnesota. Scott Gayou, a security researcher was the one who exposed this defect and starting working to fix it at the earliest.
The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team says, “Hackers could have easily obtained the information about different processes, actions and working for the syringes. Saying it in a word, hackers could have easily altered the medication quantities while injecting it into the patient’s body.”
This happens very infrequently but the team is trying to sort out the problem and obtain the data back by the end of January next year. Apart from Smiths Medical, there is a number of other medical institutes that confronted medical devices attack which has put their devices like pacemakers, defibrillators, and other crucial data at risk.