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FBI Issues Cybersecurity Warning for Medical Devices

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently issued a warning regarding the cybersecurity risks associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). The agency specifically highlighted the need to safeguard medical devices.

The IoT refers to devices that connect to the Internet to automatically send and/or receive data. Examples include fitness devices, “smart” appliances, automated thermostats, and security systems.

According to the FBI, deficient security capabilities and difficulties involved with patching vulnerabilities in IoT devices, as well as a lack of consumer security awareness, provide cybercriminals with opportunities to exploit these devices. Once the malicious actors gain access to the devices, they can steal personal information, send malicious emails, render the device inoperable, or even cause physical harm.

As we discussed on this blog, hospitals are also at risk. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a specific warning regarding a computerized pump designed to continuously deliver medication and fluids. According to the FDA, the Hospira Symbiq Infusion System can be accessed remotely through a hospital’s network, which could allow an unauthorized user to control the device and change the dosage the pump delivers.

The FBI alert provides a number of recommendations for mitigating the cybersecurity risks for IoT devices. For patients, the agency recommends becoming familiar with the capabilities of any medical devices prescribed for at-home use. If the device is capable of remote operation or transmission of data, it could be a target for a malicious actor.

If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to unsecure or otherwise defective medical device, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.