The Food and Drug Administration is calling on medical manufacturers to consider cyber threats that could affect their devices. Officials are worried that if these products are hijacked by hackers intent on causing physical harm, patient safety could be in jeopardy.
Computer viruses do not discriminate. Malware prowling the cybersphere for bank information and passwords does not distinguish between a home computer or a hospital machine delivering therapy to a patient. Even if a radiation therapy machine, say, is infiltrated unintentionally, malware could theoretically cause radiation doses to spike.
Medical device-makers need to protect their products from cyber attack, according to recent draft guidance the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA calls for medical device manufacturers to consider the vulnerabilities that crop up
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