Robotic surgery: Medical miracle — and a hacker’s dream come true

From The Rebel:

The risk of hacking is, surprisingly, serious. In a recent test of hacking potential:

The researchers wrote special bits of code to delay information or to replace those given by the surgeon. No matter what they tried to attack—changing the position of the surgical tool, delaying the surgeon’s command, forcing the system to reset—they succeeded. Many times, the “surgeon” didn’t even notice that the system wasn’t behaving as it should.

Perhaps the hacker would be a sociopath who just wants to see if he can do it. But we don’t know. Healthcare hacks have become commonplace.

Why do hackers want healthcare data? From Infoworld, we learn:

… information contained in health care records has a much longer shelf life and is rich enough for identity theft. Social Security numbers can’t easily be cancelled, and medical and prescription records are permanent. There’s also a large market for health insurance fraud and abuse, which may be more lucrative than simply selling the records outright in forums. More.

Reality check: The next big hack could be you.

See also: The internet: Privacy fights back It’s worse than we thought. But is Privategrity the answer?


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