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There are many frightening security scenarios in the healthcare industry, from having personal data stolen from your medical records to mistakes regarding needed medication in digital files.
But the fact that a hacker can alter a medication drip in an IV infusion pump nearly every surgical or hospital inpatient client is connected to may be one of the scariest--and deadliest--scenarios of them all.
It doesn't require a great deal of coding or programming knowledge. Or, for that matter, time. A BlackBerry security researcher illustrated within 10 minutes during an event by the company how easy it is to hack a medical device. Read more...
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