Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Opus 2014-209: DEFCON: A Benefit of Hacking

How do hackers benefit society?

One session I went to at DEFCON dealt with our health care system.  A group of hackers became aware of how many medical devices in hospitals contain software and are connected to some kind of network.  It is one of the features that makes our healthcare system as effective as it is.  Information is shared and updated to increase the accuracy of diagnosis and care.

One simple example was the storage module for heat sensitive supplies like whole blood or some antibiotics.  They can be damaged, destroyed or turned toxic by too much heat.  They have monitors in the units that are designed to alert the key personnel on the hospital staff if there is a problem.  So if there is a local failure in the cooling unit, it will send an alert to the phone of the nurse or technician who will come and check it out.

Extend that to monitors and controls all through the hospital.  Some regulate big things like air conditioning.  Others watch small things like the drip lines in a patient’s veins.  It seems it even extends to the records section that have the patient’s personal information and things like accounting.  It is very complex and involved.  It seems it is also very vulnerable. 

The message was that anyone with evil intent and computer skills could hack into the most systems and cause death and confusion. 

The team working on this has been trying to work with the hospitals and equipment manufacturers.  They report that they are getting some response.  I hope for all of our health they are listened to instead of arrested.

Hug a hacker.  He may have saved your bacon.

homo unius libri

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