With exposure to the internet comes risk of hacking, viruses, malware and ransomware. Last year, two security researchers demonstrated how to disable the transmission of a hacked 2014 Jeep Cherokee. This demonstration led Chrysler to recall 1.4 million vehicles and send owners a USB drive to update the car’s software. In response to this and other events, the FBI, Department of Transportation, and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration issued warnings to the public to take steps to protect the software integrity of their vehicles.
Although no credible reports exist showing the hacking of medical equipment in an effort to harm patients, the risk exists and worries cybersecurity experts. Previous medical device hacks focused on stealing patient information for financial gain (e.g., banking information), but experts demonstrated hacks that adjusted medication doses in infusion pumps, surely a potential harm to patients.