Smart medical devices, including medical tools, implants and pacemakers are being exposed to cyber-attack, due to vulnerabilities in their Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol.
The flaws have collectively been named “SweynTooth” and can affect smart home devices and office equipment, but the importance is far greater in a medical context, as crashes can adversely affect patient health and operations.
Manufacturers will need to individually test each of their devices that are BLE–dependent, to identify any risks and determine whether any patch-ups are necessary. Manufacturers should consider how cyber-attackers could combine Sweyntooth susceptibility with other remote forms of attack to cause even greater harm.
Any device that advertises Bluetooth functionality must go through a certification procedure to ensure inter-operability across all devices. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is undertaking continual assessment of this Sweyntooth BLE vulnerability and will keep the public informed as and when any new information is available.
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