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Cyber Attacks On Connected Medical Devices Like Pacemakers Can Severely Harm Patients

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The Royal Academy of Engineering has warned that tampering of digitally connected health devices such as MRI scanners and pacemakers can be hackers in order to harm patients.

The two new reports were published by the Royal Academy of Engineering and PETRAS Internet of Things (IoT) research hub.

In the reports, security experts warned that health tech is vulnerable to cyber attacks which could have ‘severe consequences’ for patient safety.

The RAENG warned that the number of the number of healthcare devices which are susceptible to hacking is growing which not only poses a threat to individuals, but also provides a way to gain access to entire networks.

The reports highlighted that digitally connected systems need to be designed with safety and resilience in mind to minimize future risk.

They could be vulnerable both to cyber attacks and non-malicious events such as natural hazards or the failure of components and the impact can be increased where systems are interdependent.

As the number of IoT devices increase in homes, workplaces and public spaces, the studies considered the potential for more aspects of people’s lives to be observed.

There might be privacy threats from data sharing, IoT devices can violate norms of private space when IoT systems are controlling or processing personal data.

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