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Cybersecurity for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities: A Guide to Detection and Prevention by Luis Ayala

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© Luis Ayala 2016

Luis Ayala, Cybersecurity for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2155-6_4

4. Medical Facility Cyber-Physical Attacks

Luis Ayala

(1)Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA

Not only are active medical devices in the hospital building at risk of cyber-physical attack, the hospital building itself can be targeted. In the past, hospitals experienced nuisance cyber-attacks such as ransomware, website defacement, or theft of patient data. A cyber-physical attack on a hospital building has the potential to do serious physical damage to critical hospital equipment and interfere with patient care.

Attackers can hack something as simple as hospital refrigerators used to store blood and drugs by changing the temperature settings ...

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