Security Firm Confirms 'Petya' Has Affected Medical Devices
A cybersecurity expert with TrapX says the firm has at least one hospital client whose medical devices have been adversely affected by the so-called "Petya" ransomware worm. He is also concerned the recent "WannaCry" and Petya attacks are just tests for a far greater threat yet to come.
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Too much of the current burden to ensure device cybersecurity falls on hospitals, the American Hospital Association tells congressional leaders. Manufacturers need to do more to protect installed medical devices, the largest hospital trade group says.
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