Patients with pacemakers manufactured by Abbott — formerly St. Jude Medical's — are advised to reach out to their doctors and inquire about the availability of a security update for their implanted medical devices.
Several hospitals part of the NHS Lanarkshire board were hit on Friday by a version of the Bit Paymer ransomware. The infection took root on late Friday, August 25. NHS Lanarkshire officials acknowledged the incident right away.
Security researchers from WhiteScope have uncovered over 8,600 vulnerabilities in pacemaker systems and the third-party libraries used to power various of their components.
Reports have surfaced that the WannaCry ransomware has infected actual medical devices, not just computers at medical facilities.
Scientists and medical professionals published a research paper in which they detailed a simple and inexpensive approach to creating a device that can be used to hack Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs), also referred to as pacemakers.