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FDA Warns Hospitals to Stop Using Medical Device Vulnerable to Hackers
NBC Bay Area

An FDA alert issued last Friday warns that a common medical device that regulates medicine in intravenous drips is vulnerable to hackers. The federal agency strongly encouraged health care facilities to “discontinue use” of the Symbiq medical pumps made by Hospira because of “cybersecurity vulnerabilities” first exposed by a Bay Area security researcher.

The pumps are designed to deliver medicine intravenously to prevent patients from getting incorrect dosages. They connect wirelessly to a hospital’s network. According to security experts, that’s where hackers can take control of the device.