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2/24/2014
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Healthcare Devices: Security Researchers Sound Alarms

Default usernames, weak passwords, and widespread Windows XP Embedded systems are cause for concern, SANS Institute researchers say.

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Marilyn Cohodas
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2/24/2014 | 12:44:22 PM
Re: Interesting points
And don't forget death by pacemaker malfunction in the first season of Homeland, which was based on real-word possbilities if you can believe Dick Cheney and other media reports. 
Laurianne
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2/24/2014 | 12:02:58 PM
Interesting points
Credit card fraud via dialysis machines? That sounds like a bad novel. The Windows XP embedded concerns apply to industries outside healthcare of course -- but as Mat points out, I'm not sure we even understand yet what bad actors will do once they have hacked medical records.
Drew Conry-Murray
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2/24/2014 | 10:17:02 AM
No Surprise
It's no surprise to find these kinds of configuration flaws and process problems. It can be hard to do security right, particularly for organizations that haven't considered themselves a target and haven't put the right resources into place. But healthcare is going to go through the same pains as enterprises and retailers.
Healthcare Data Breaches Cost More Than You Think
Healthcare Data Breaches Cost More Than You Think
Healthcare providers just don't get it. They refuse to see the need to fully secure their protected health information from unauthorized users -- and from authorized users who abuse their access privileges. As a result, they don't allocate enough budgetary resources for securing medical data.
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