Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What is Medjacking?

Medjacking – or medical device hijacking – refers to the hacking a critical medical device. Many devices currently in use – anything that’s linked to a wireless network – is potentially susceptible, and the hundreds of at-risk technologies include MRI systems and implantables like pacemakers and insulin pumps.


A compromised device could potentially be used to access a hospital’s network to initiate a ransomware attack, threaten a patients' life or steal PHI or critical organizational data.


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