Flaws in OpenEMR's software left 100M patient records vulnerable

Jessica Kim Cohen -

A team of cybersecurity researchers found almost 30 bugs in OpenEMR's software, which left millions of patients' medical records vulnerable to hackers, BBC reports.

OpenEMR, one of the most popular open-source EMR applications, houses medical records of more than 30 million patients in the U.S. and an estimated 100 million patients worldwide.

Project Insecurity, the London-based cybersecurity group that identified the software bugs, reported their findings to OpenEMR in July. The group detailed their findings in an online report, published Aug. 7, which labeled many of the bugs as "critical" vulnerabilities that, if exploited, would give hackers access to sensitive patient data.

OpenEMR, which released patches for the software bugs, said it is "thankful" for Project Insecurity's work, according to BBC.

To download Project Insecurity's report, click here.

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