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Surgical robots – smart but insecure

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Jun 8, 2015.

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    Replacing a hacked credit card is an annoyance. Rebuilding a hacked identity can be a time-consuming and expensive headache.

    But the potential damage from a hacked surgical robot makes those and just about every other threat trivial by comparison: It could threaten your life.

    And that made a recent set of hacking demonstrations by a team of researchers from the University of Washington (UW) more than a bit unsettling, undermining some of the promise that remotely controlled surgical robots can bring to medical care – delivering top-tier surgical expertise anywhere in the world.

    The team reported in a recent paper that it was able to hack into the control system of the Raven II surgical robot, developed by UW and the University of Santa Cruz, and disrupt the directions from the surgeon.

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