Washington: Security researchers warned that thousands of critical medical systems, such as MRI machines, are vulnerable to hacking, creating significant health risks for patients.
As per a BBC report, some 68,000 medical systems from a large unnamed US health group have been exposed to hackers.
Security researchers Scott Erven and Mark Collao conducted an experiment to illustrate how hackers were already targeting medical devices.
Presented their findings at Derbycon security conference, they said medical devices should not be made available on the public internet, but should be behind multiple layers of protection.
They also revealed that they had created fake medical devices which attracted thousands of hackers.
The research also shows that some medical devices have already been compromised.