US red tape leaves Conficker on medical devices – ZDNet.co.uk
The Conficker internet virus has infected important computerised medical devices, but governmental red tape interfered with their repair, an organiser of an antivirus working group told US Congress on Friday.
Rodney Joffe, one of the founders of an unofficial organisation known as the Conficker Working Group, said that US government regulations prevented hospital staff from carrying out the repairs.
The devices were used in hospitals to allow doctors to view and manipulate high-intensity scans such as MRIs and were often found in or near intensive-care unit facilities, connected to local area networks with other critical medical devices.
"They should have never, ever been connected to the internet," Joffe said.