Abbott recall signals new era in medical-device cybersecurity

Abbott recall signals new era in medical-device cybersecurity

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The FDA’s recall of 465,000 Abbott Laboratories pacemakers earlier this week alerted medical-device makers that they increasingly need to be prepared to issue security updates and take cybersecurity issues more seriously.The agency recalled the devices Tuesday, saying the cardiac pacemakers made by Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical) required firmware updates to correct vulnerabilities that leave the devices open to hackers. Rather than removing the devices, patients and physicians can install the update at a medical facility, but not remotely.

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