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The reality of robotic surgery hacking threats

Electronic technology affects an ever-growing number of objects and processes
which impact the daily lives of countless Americans. There are numerous
benefits to the pervasive presence of electronic technology in daily life.
However, it is important to understand the potential hazards and threats
which may arise from becoming increasingly dependent on this specific

For example, an increasing number of medical devices and medical instruments
have software integrations, wireless capabilities and can otherwise be
connected to any number of additional electronics. These new structures
and features can be significantly beneficial for patients, physicians,
manufacturers and federal safety regulators. However, the interconnected
nature of these devices and instruments can also leave them vulnerable
to hacking.

Recently, security researchers tested one specific instrument in regards
to its hacking vulnerabilities. This teleoperated surgical robot was “easily
hacked” according to a piece recently published in Computer World.
The specific hack in question rendered the device unable to be utilized
from a remote location. It is not difficult to imagine how a surgical
robot specifically designed to be operated remotely could impact patient
safety if it was hacked and rendered unable to be used by a remote surgeon.

Before agreeing to be treated by or implanted with electronic devices and
instruments, it is important for patients to discuss hacking risks with
their physicians. Similarly, it is important for physicians to resist
relying too heavily on devices and instruments which may become compromised
by system failure, software challenges and by forces which may wish harm
upon affected patients and medical facilities.

Source: Computer World, “Researchers hijack teleoperated surgical robot: Remote surgery hacking threats,” Darlene Storm, April 27, 2015

Truck Accidents

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Last time, we looked a bit at some of the basic principles of cargo securement by which commercial vehicle drivers and their employers must abide. As we noted last time, special permits are required for oversize loads, and each state has different rules on the matter. Here in Missouri, weight, height, and length limits determine when an application for an oversize and overweight permit must be filed. Applications must be

Car Accidents

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After a five-day jury trial, a Cherokee County, Kansas jury returned a verdict for Kara Hansen on February 2, 2018, for $38,500,000.00. Roger Johnson and Anna Pace of the law firm Johnson, Vorhees, and Martucci represented Ms. Hansen, a 20-year-old resident from Riverton, Kansas. Ms. Hansen was catastrophically injured on April 9, 2014, when her custom 1966 Ford Mustang was struck in the rear by Corbin Hamilton, formerly from Pittsburg,

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