[ Monday, February 13, 2006 ]


Hackers: A Seattle federal grand jury has charged a man with hacking into a hospital computer system to install adware. Part of the charge relates to the fact that teh hacking slowed down the computer system and caused the hospital to stop using the computer system for certain activities such as patient data transfer, which may have impaired patient care.

And an orthopedic practice in Ft. Wayne, Indiana is the site of a federal investigation into possible hacking of the practice's EMR through a back-door in the software. The practice stopped having its software supported by the original manufacturer, and funny stuff started happening. The clinic's new tech provider thinks that someone had been using a backdoor left in by the original installer to get into the system and monkey around with it. The original provider denies installing or using backdoors.

Jeff [11:17 AM]

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