FBI Issues Healthcare Cyber-Alerts

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee | Gov Info Security | April 23, 2014

The FBI recently issued two alerts to the healthcare sector warning of increased risk of cyber-intrusions against systems and medical devices, especially as healthcare providers transition to electronic health records.

The two "private industry notices," or PINs, were issued on April 8 and April 17, with the latter being an update to the earlier alert, an FBI spokeswoman tells Information Security Media Group.

The April 8 alert, titled, Health Care Systems and Medical Devices at Risk for Increased Cyber Intrusions for Financial Gain, is based on recent "open source" reports issued by industry researchers and other sources about increasing cyberthreats and related potential fraud facing the sector, the spokeswoman says.