"More than half of medical devices are at risk of cyber attacks."
Medical devices used to save lives are also at risk of cyber attacks. Due to technical glitches, cyber criminals can attack these devices if they want and show wrong results including stealing patient information. However, not all devices, devices connected to the Internet are at risk of cyber attacks. In a security report, Signerio said this information. The company manufactures Internet-enabled (IOT) medical devices.
Most hospital lifeguards use older versions of the Windows operating system. Even passwords are default. As a result, due to poor security, criminals can carry out cyber attacks from a distance and take control of the devices.
A study by Signorio found that about 53 percent of medical devices connected to the Internet had security flaws, with one-third at risk of major attacks. The audit was conducted on more than one crore devices in about 300 hospitals and clinics in different countries.
The study found that 73 per cent of infusion (IV) pumps in the hospital's various medical devices were at risk. The device is used to give nutritious food or medicine in liquid form to the patient's body. As a result, if cyber criminals take control of the device connected to the Internet for any reason, the life of the patient may be endangered.
Imaging machines are also at risk of this attack, so X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasound tests can be a problem. Cybercriminals can take control of air-conditioning systems in hospitals, from kiosks to assist in various tasks.
Daniel Brody, chief technical officer of Signerio, said hospitals and healthcare systems do not need to know more online. They need more advanced technology to protect themselves from cyber attacks.
The Maryland Department of Health was hit by a cyber attack last month. They could not report the results of the Corona test for almost a week after the cyber criminals attacked.