The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, is conducting an investigation to study the susceptibility of medical devices and hospital equipment to cybercrime, a report said Wednesday, citing a senior official who revealed that the investigation is based on about two dozen cases of possible cybersecurity flaws.

October 22, 2014 11:16 AM

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, is conducting an investigation to study the susceptibility of medical devices and hospital equipment to cybercrime, a report said Wednesday, citing a senior official who revealed that the investigation is based on about two dozen cases of possible cybersecurity flaws.

The devices that are being inspected by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an infusion pump from Hospira and implantable heart devices from Medtronic and St Jude Medical, Reuters reported. Although there have been no reported instances of hackers using these devices to attack patients, the U.S. government is concerned that hackers may try to access the products remotely.

After gaining control remotely, hackers can instruct an infusion pump to overdose a patient with drugs, or force a heart implant device to deliver a deadly jolt of electricity, Reuters reported, citing the sources.

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