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Hackers could kill #patients by #attacking their #pacemakers, warns #Royal Academy of Engineering

Hackers could kill patients by attacking their pacemakers or heart pumps, the Royal Academy of Engineering has warned.

In a new report, security experts warned that health tech is vulnerable to cyberattacks 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 experts cautioned that pacemakers or wearable health monitors which are linked up to the internet or internal computer networks could also provide a gateway for hackers to plant ransomware into systems, potentially crippling in the NHS or government departments.

Some US hospitals have already been infected by the Wannacry and Medjack computer viruses after hackers targeted medical devices which were not protected.

Professor Nick Jennings, a fellow of the RAENG and Vice Provost at Imperial College London said: “There is genuine harm that can be done through poor cyber security on medical devices, on future-connected homes, on autonomous vehicles, and if they are not dealt with then that will lead to harms and deaths.

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PHI Security Breach Potentially Affects 2K ND Medicaid Patients

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PHI Security Breach Potentially Affects 2K ND Medicaid Patients

On May 10, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS) discovered a report of discarded NDDHS Medicaid claim resolution worksheet documents containing PHI. The papers were reportedly found in a dumpster in Bismark, North Dakota. NDDHS recovered the documents the same day and immediately launched an internal investigation….

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‘IT’S BEEN A NIGHTMARE’ Mum’s hell after learning her osteopath husband was filming himself having sex with patients at work

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‘IT’S BEEN A NIGHTMARE’ Mum’s hell after learning her osteopath husband was filming himself having sex with patients at work

THE ex-wife of an osteopath who filmed himself having sex with a patient has told of her “nightmare” ordeal. Lucinda Salway’s ex-husband and business partner Nicholas Salway was blasted for bringing his profession into disrepute at a disciplinary hearing last …

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Patients Sue UCLA Hospitals for Hack Attack

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UCLA Health Systems’ failure to encrypt patients’ medical and financial information exposed 4.5 million of them to a hacker attack, which UCLA knew six months before it told them, a patient claims in a federal class action. Michael Allen claims UCLA Health Systems Auxiliaries violated its contractual obligation to protect the personal information of its patients. He sued the UCLA hospitals and the University of California Board of Regents on Monday, on behalf of “several millions of individuals.” Allen, of Casper, Wyo., was treated at a UCLA Health Center in February 2013. He claims that the personal information he gave the hospital “was left in an unencrypted state and stolen by cyber thieves.” “Due to defendants’ failure to take the basic steps of encrypting patients’ data, it was much easier for cyber thieves to interpret the information, use it to steal the identities of defendants’ patients or sell [it] to others,” Allen says in the complaint. A months-long hacker attack targeted UCLA Health Systems, which admitted it did not take steps to encrypt patients’ data, the Los Angeles Times reported. The unknown hackers got names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, medical information, ID numbers for Medicare and health insurance policies, […]

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