Malicious malware has been detected on medical devices at major healthcare centers across the world, according to a new report.
San Mateo, Calif.-based cybersecurity firm TrapX Security told Bay Area news outlet ABC 7 it has discovered infected medical devices which could create a backdoor security breach. Such a breach could lead to the leaking of thousands of patients records, according to the report.
The devices on which malware was installed were varied, including x-ray printers, MRI scanners, blood gas analyzers and healthcare-specific picture archiving and communication systems, according to TrapX CEO Greg Enriquez.
“Those devices are in the operating room; they could be in a hospital bed. Lives could be dependent on them and if they’re disrupted with malware or ransomware or other attacker toolkits-they may not be able to do what they’re meant to do,” Enriquez told ABC 7.
Malware installed on such devices could significantly affect the health of patients as well as leading to the possible loss of protected data, according to Enriquez.
Last December, exploitable cybersecurity flaws that could be fatal were found in 10 different implantable medical devices, according to a new report from a European research team.
Researchers at Belgium’s KU Leuven University examined 10 device, specifically implantable cardioverter defibrillators. The team used only commercial, off the shelf items and had no prior knowledge of the devices, but were able to break the device’s supposedly secure communications protocols.