WannayCry ransomware also infected medical devices

Posted 19 May 2017 19:38 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

The WannaCry ransomware not only infected servers, also medical devices were affected by the malware. Fortune has obtained a picture from radiology equipment inside an American hospital that shows a WannaCry ransomware screen.

The device is from Bayer Medrad and is used to enhance the image of a MRI scan. A spokesman of Bayer has confirmed that two of its customers in the United States were hit by ransomware, but didn’t want to tell which organisations or products were affected. The spokesman added that both issues were fixed within 24 hours and that the company will roll out an update to its Windows based devices.

Siemens Healthineers warns its customers in a security bulletin for WannaCry, the company states that several of its products could be impacted by the ransomware. According to the company it depends on the configuration and deployment environment of each product on how vulnerable a device is.

Also other vendors of medical equipment such as BD, Smiths Medical, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and Philips warn their customers for devices running Windows that also have a network connection.

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