FDA Warns of Hack Risk in Medical Devices

Hospitals scramble to replace an IV pump used to deliver medication to patients.
1:40 | 08/03/15

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A warning this morning from the fda. Urging hospitals to stop using a high tech medical device that could be targeted by hackers who might be capable of giving unsuspecting patients a deadly dose. More now from ABC's Linzie Janis. Reporter: This morning, hospitals across the country scrambling to replace a common medical device being used on thousands of patients. The fda now saying the device, a pump that delivers medications like painkillers and cancer treatments through an iv may be at risk of being hacked. The agency explaining an unauthorized user with malicious intent could access the pump remotely and modify the dosage it delivers. Vulnerabilities that experts say could be deadly like a scene straight out of showtime's "Homeland" where terrorists remotely hack into the vice president's pacemaker sending him into cardiac arrest. The former real-life vice president dick Cheney admitted to "60 minutes" he once feared the same thing could happen to him. I knew from the experience we had had, the necessity for adjusting my own device that it was an accurate portrayal. Reporter: In recent years cyberexperts warning the government hackers can easily tap into pacemakers and other life-saving medical equipment. Every hospital should assume its devices if connected to the internet could be attacked. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Linzie Janis, ABC news, New York. And we want to add here that the company that makes this pump is already phasing it out. In the meantime, it is offering existing customers a security update.

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