07 Feb 2020

Veterans Affairs Launches Its First 5G-Enabled Hospital

The Veteran Affairs Department will soon operate one of the first 5G enabled hospitals in the world. The health care facility is currently located in Palo Alto, California, and plans to launch 5G capabilities at the location were unveiled by the VA Secretary earlier this week. The VA aims to

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27 Jan 2020

MDhex vulnerabilities open GE Healthcare patient monitoring devices to attackers

Six critical and high-risk vulnerabilities have been discovered by researchers in patient monitoring devices manufactured by GE Healthcare. The vulnerabilities, collectively named MDhex, allow an attacker to make changes at the devices’ OS-level that could harm the patient through rendering the device unusable or interfering with its functions. Alarm settings

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14 Nov 2019

Healthcare Malware Infections Soar 60% from 2018

Malwarebytes recently released a statement claiming that ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations (HCO) has increased by 60% since 2018. HCOs are increasingly the targets of attack due to the large number of endpoints and connected devices within the HCO networks, offering an extensive attack surface. Cybersecurity in HCOs are typically

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13 Nov 2019

Counterterrorism expert: Small healthcare companies are the new ransomware targets

MonsterCloud CEO Zohar Pinhasi states that his firm has seen a 500% increase in calls from healthcare companies over the past several months. Pinhasi claims that ransomware attackers have shifted from attacking high-profile targets to small and medium-sized businesses with smaller ransoms. This can be fatal for smaller companies that

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13 Nov 2019

Google’s plan to collect health data on millions of Americans faces federal inquiry

The US Department of Health and Human Services has recently launched an inquiry into “Project Nightingale;” a partnership between a Ascension, a Catholic healthcare non-profit, and Google. Ascension manages 2,600 healthcare centers across 20 states. The partnership allows 150 Google employees access to the healthcare data of millions of Ascension

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18 Sep 2019

400 Million Medical Radiological Images Exposed on the Internet

A recent study by Greenbone Networks uncovered 590 unprotected Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) servers across 52 countries that left a total of 24.3 million patient records exposed to the Internet. Healthcare organizations use PACS to store medical data from imaging devices like X-Ray, CT, or MRI machines. The

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22 Aug 2019

China is Spying on Cancer Research

The three biggest cyber threats to healthcare organizations are cyber espionage, data theft and destructive cyber attacks, a new FireEye report indicates. According to the study, threat actors are selling numerous compromised healthcare databases on underground forums, most of which costs less than $2,000. These databases contain the personally identifiable

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26 Mar 2019

Medtronic cardiac implants can be hacked, FDA issues alert

In response to the discovery of two serious security vulnerabilities in a range of implantable heart defibrillators and home monitoring systems produced by Medtronic, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week issued a special alert. The flaws could not only enable threat actors to capture sensitive data from

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11 Feb 2019

Refrigeration Systems Used by Supermarkets, Hospitals Left Exposed Online

In a new study that once again confirms the major security issues with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, researchers with Safety Detective have found that threat actors can easily access and remotely control thousands of Internet-connected commercial refrigeration systems. The researchers discovered that remote access to 7,400 refrigeration systems by Scottish

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