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Google proposes ‘needle-less’ system for drawing blood

Google has published a patent [PDF] for a needle-free blood draw technology which could be incorporated into a wrist wearable or hand-held device. The patent filing explained that the system releases a pulse of gas into a barrel or ‘hollow cylinder’, containing a ‘micro-particle’ which can break through the skin and draw a small sample of blood…. Read More


Ransomware to hit ‘lifesaving’ medical devices in 2016

A surge in ransomware campaigns is expected to hit the medical sector in 2016, according to a recent report published by forecasters at Forrester Research. The paper ‘Predictions 2016: Cybersecuirty Swings To Prevention’ suggests that the primary hacking trend of the coming year will be “ransomware for a medical device or wearable,” arguing that cybercriminals… Read More


FitBit’s open Bluetooth port enables rapid ‘viral’ malware infection

An unpatched vulnerability in the FitBit fitness tracker has been proven susceptible to a malware attack so fast that it obviates the one advantage that a fitness device is often claimed to have against intrusion – brevity of opportunity. Additionally, once infected, the malware can propagate itself in the same manner to other FitBit devices… Read More


Cracking the citizen: a warning from South Korea about National IDs

The ‘Queen of re-identification’, Harvard Professor Latanya Arvette Sweeney, has just published an interesting set of findings regarding the vulnerability of the system that South Korea uses to uniquely identify its 50+ million citizens – and believes that those proposing new ‘Citizen ID’ systems in the United States and elsewhere should take note of the… Read More


IBM’s Watson to support pharmacy chain in predicting patient care needs

IBM is planning to partner with U.S. retail pharmacy group CVS Health, using its supercomputer Watson to develop personalised care solutions to support chronic condition management. The partnership, announced today, will see the companies work to build a system which can identify unnecessary medical interventions and irrelevant cost, and predict declining health in patients suffering from conditions… Read More



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