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Millions of Americans Use Medical Devices That May Be Vulnerable to Hacking

By Lindsey Hoshaw

You have passwords for your smart phone and laptop, but what about your pacemaker or insulin pump?

Last Friday, the federal Food and Drug Administration recommended that all hospitals in California and across the country stop using a medical device that it says is vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The device is an infusion pump that delivers medications or nutrients to patients. A hacker who accessed it could change the drug dosage to give a patient not enough — or a lethal amount.


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