Research: many Dutch medical devices infected with malware




Half of the hospitals in the Netherlands has had to deal with contamination of medical equipment with viruses. According to research from Deloitte. In many cases, there was an accidental infection, which was not directed to the equipment.

It is unclear how many cases the attackers have deliberately tried to disrupt medical equipment; it is not clear from the article by De Volkskrant, that has spoken with Deloitte. “They are in most cases called oops infections,” says Deloitte researcher Jeroen Slobbe opposite the newspaper. This Slobbe referring to accidental contamination.

There are certainly no indications that terrorist organizations or criminal groups are behind the attacks, for example, to extort hospitals. It is unclear how serious the security issues were at the hospital, but De Volkskrant writes that the health of patients “if known” was not in danger.

It is not often that a hospital itself announces that its medical equipment is infected with malware; in the study by Deloitte happened anonymously. 2010 brought Westfriesgasthuis Hoorn itself out it was facing a serious computer virus, making operations had to be canceled.


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