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Critical bug allows attacker to remotely control medical robot

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Re: Worrying

But these are NOT your typical "average IoT device" - I think your comment probably illustrates how this happened, they were designed by people working to fix medical issues and help patients move around - the entire design efforts for any medical device are to make them work 100% and cause no new health issues. The designers were concentrating on making a device that worked, not a device that couldn't be hacked and was 100% secure.

This is not a criticism of the designers, it looks like they were doing a good job - but the hacking is something that's totally outside the original design efforts - you can't build a device and have the doctor say, "It broke their ankle" and then reply, "sorry about that but it can't be hacked by ransomware."

These days, building an "unhackable" device is going to need a lot more effort than just meeting the company management's initial design definition.

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