Hacking vulnerability found in Philips ultrasound system

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Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Philips HDI 4000 Ultrasounds systems that can be exploited to prevent proper diagnosis, according to the HIPAA Journal.

Hackers can gain access to ultrasound images through the vulnerability and steal data. They can also change ultrasound images, which can prevent patients from receiving correct medical treatment, reports the HIPAA Journal.

Philips HDI 4000 Ultrasound systems are supported by Windows 2000, which is an outdated operating system. Philips stopped selling these ultrasound systems in December 2013. However, many healthcare organizations continue to use the outdated ultrasounds.

Since the devices are not supported by Philips, they company will not be releasing a patch to fix the vulnerability.

Cybersecurity experts recommend users restrict the ultrasound system access to authorized individuals, the HIPAA Journal reports. Hospitals and health systems have been advised to replace the technology.

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