GAO Calls For Greater FDA Scrutiny On Device Hacking Risk

Law360, New York (September 27, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT) -- Implantable medical devices that need a power source to function could be prone to hacking attacks and other security threats and need more scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Thursday.

The GAO said experts had found the potential for security threats to devices including the implantable cardioverter defibrillator, used to treat dangerous heartbeat irregularities, as well as the insulin pump, used to treat diabetes.

"Patients need to be informed about whether the medical devices implanted...
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