UK: NHS pagers are leaking medical data

Zack Whittaker reports:

An amateur radio rig exposed to the internet and discovered by a security researcher was collecting real-time of medical data and health information broadcast by hospitals and ambulances across U.K. towns and cities.

The rig, operated out of a house in North London, was picking up radio waves from over the air and translating them into readable text.

Read more on Tech Crunch.  And no, this isn’t just a UK problem. I have observed pagers leaking in U.S. medical centers and hospitals, too — massive amounts of messages flying by on a screen with the room number of patients, info on diagnostic tests, etc.

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