Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Here is a PR disaster in the making for medical device companies. It turns out that equipment makers have done little or nothing to secure the software used in their machines. This means any astute hacker can intercept and change the data or put a virus into a machine that causes it to malfunction. So far, it appears that equipment manufacturers haven't taken the threat seriously because there have been few instances of failure, if any. No matter. The first time it happens -- and it will happen -- the charge will be that manufacturers should have known. There is no excuse because hackers are telling them now to shield their machines against the inevitable hour when someone tries to injure or invade the privacy of another. One hopes the PR departments of these firms are sending stories to their CEOs and warnings.