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March 2018: A Heart-Zapping Hack

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Hi folks,

What if your heart can be hacked? The next time your heart skipped a beat, it might not be love at first sight, but some hacker playing around with your heart, literally.

As with recent technologies, cardiac devices now can be remotely updated and share information. It is a boon for the doctors and patients alike. But with that benefits, this make the devices vulnerable to attacks and information modification or interception. Among the effects of the hack re-programmed to work improperly, interrupt relay of information for doctors remote monitoring, drain the batteries prematurely. Any one of this may be fatal.

The threat is still a theoretical risk as of date, since there is no documented case of a cardiac device hacked on a real patient yet. However, manufacturers for implanted cardiac devices have been warned of the possible vulnerabilities. Finally, another way to reduce the risk of hacking is to use devices that are not designed to allow remote software updates or wireless communications, although this would also reduce the convenience through remote access for adjustments without repeat surgeries.

Know more on what the healthcare experts comment about it here:
https://www.reuters.com/articl...

The importance of information and their handling through technology had increase the need for proper healthcare cybersecurity. With that in mind, experienced cybersecurity solutions provider like AKATI Consulting had and will always assist and guide healthcare institutions to protect themselves.


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