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Anaesthetic devices 'vulnerable to hackers'

A type of anaesthetic machine that has been used in NHS hospitals can be hacked and controlled from afar if left accessible on a hospital computer network, says CyberMDX, a cyber-security company. For example, a successful attacker would be able to change the amount of anaesthetic delivered to a patient or alarms designed to alert anaesthetists to any danger could be silenced.

GE Healthcare, which makes the machines, said there was no "direct patient risk". But CyberMDX's research suggested the Aespire and Aestiva 7100 and 7900 devices could be targeted by hackers if left accessible on hospital computer networks.

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Source: BBC News, 10 July 2019


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