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[PCM] Scary Hacking Threat: Editing X-Ray Images to Add or Remove Cancer

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Hackers trying to steal your data is one thing, but what if they tried to trick your doctors into thinking you had cancer? Or fooled them into ignoring it?

It's a ruse that's not as far-fetched as you might think. Security researchers in Israel recently duped real doctors into misdiagnosing patients by hacking a hospital X-ray scanning machine and altering the images it produced.
I found this really disturbing, while not new or itself news i think it is worth discussing?


Source https://www.pcmag.com/news/367598/sc...-add-or-remove

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ok, you almost had me until the whole govt agent scam thing came into play... Then it was just like "well duh... of course they weren't looking for this kinda lunacy within the medical field, thus why it took the govt to think it up"

what is the profit motive behind doing this? If none, then most hackers wouldn't have even thought of it, unless extremely malicious... and to what end?

"haha, you were given oxycontin and radiation when you were healthy, #kek level trolls!"

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now we know how those israelis found a cure for cancer!

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Sounds like the origin story for a new much more expensive way of taking "secure" x-rays. Or at minimum, new fees for maintaining the security of your x-rays.

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So government hackers figured out how to do this, or even that you could possibly do it. Then instead of discretely informing x-ray manufacturers and keeping it confidential, they announce to the world that "hey, guess what, you can troll someone at a fatal level guys!"


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Quote: Originally Posted by skupples View Post
what is the profit motive behind doing this? If none, then most hackers wouldn't have even thought of it, unless extremely malicious... and to what end?
I could see some governments using this to attack journalists or other individuals. Might be a better option then disappearing people in embassies or polonium or something.

The election tampering option mentioned in the article is pretty good too.
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It's not something that a lone hacker would have much interest in, but a foreign government or terrorist group could probably get some traction by rolling it out on a national level, or even a few high population areas. It would be pretty chaotic if every xray taken in say NY or LA came back positive for cancer.

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All you would need to do is get a second opinion from another doctor.

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True, if you are in the vicinity of another doctor, who is accepting new patients, and in your insurance network, and doesn't require a referral, etc.

I'm not saying it's time for "EVERYBODY PANIC!!!". It's just something that needs to be watched, and if possible, patched.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo View Post
True, if you are in the vicinity of another doctor, who is accepting new patients, and in your insurance network, and doesn't require a referral, etc.

I'm not saying it's time for "EVERYBODY PANIC!!!". It's just something that needs to be watched, and if possible, patched.
If you were important enough to be the target of a hack like this, I'd be willing to bet you are also important enough to have access to two doctors.

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