Medical Internet of Things Devices are prone to hacking

by | Mar 12, 2019 | IoT News

The Internet of Things that are usually used in medical facilities are in most of the cases are extremely exposed to the attacks due to the operating system that in most time are prone to hack. This has also put the sensitive data of the patients at considerable risk. These data can be sold on the black market which might put the lives of the patients at stake.

The Check Point Research has come forward with a revelation which says that some of the researchers discovered an ultrasound machine which still runs on the outdated Windows 2000 OS. Windows 2000 is almost two decades old, and there is a reason why this version of Windows OS doesn’t receive any security patches. Eventually, this leaves the machines quite vulnerable to a large magnitude of attacks.

The researchers also made a demonstration which shows that the device exploits a vulnerability which impacts the ultrasonic device. This will aid the potential hackers to easily download the records of the patients which are stored within. The attackers can also edit and replace the data placed on the machine, and at the same time, they can also infect it. One possible conclusion that comes with the breach is that medical clinics can be approached to pay the ransom to get their data back.

This is merely a small example which shows what the people are inflicting threats will be able to do once the attackers acquire access to the Internet of Things medical devices which runs on the outdated OS.

In the year 2018, the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK revealed that they are going to upgrade all the computer system of National Health Service with enterprise level Windows 10.

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