Doses administering life-saving drugs could be altered.
Naked Security explains:
Syringe pumps – those beeping boxes affixed to the pole in a hospital IV drip – have flaws that could be exploited by hackers to change the dosages being delivered to patients.
Researcher Scott Gayou found eight separate flaws in three versions of the MedFusion 4000 pump made by Smiths Medical, a division of the British multinational Smiths Group.
Hospital staff use syringe pumps to deliver precise amounts of fluids to patients, be they adults or newborn infants: the anaesthesia that keeps patients unconscious during surgery, for example, as well as drugs, blood, antibiotics, or other critical fluids.