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Medical IoT Devices with Outdated Operating Sytems Exposed to Hacking

March 11, 2019 / Sergiu Gatlan

Medical IoT (IoMT) devices are in many cases left exposed to attacks because of outdated or legacy operating systems which, in many cases, are very easy to hack into and expose a throve of sensitive patient data, highly sought over on the black market. In one instance, researchers from Check Point Research were able to find an ultrasound machine running a Windows 2000 OS which no longer receives security patches, leaving the machine vulnerable to a multitude of attacks.