May 17, 2020

GE looks to sell its healthcare IT division

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Catherine Sturman
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Through receiving poor third quarter figures, General Electric are set to divest a number of its units and sell over $20 billion in assets, Reuters has...

Through receiving poor third quarter figures, General Electric are set to divest a number of its units and sell over $20 billion in assets, Reuters has recently reported.

Incorporating both API Healthcare and Centricity EMR, the company is also looking to divest its transportation business, but both divisions would need to be sub-divided upon the sale of the business units.

The sale would link with GE’s further ambitions to transform its service offering. It has previously sold its GE Capital business, as well as NBCUniversal, in order to place further investment in the areas presenting future growth and return on investment.

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However, the company has recently opened up a 3D printing lab in Sweden, as part of its focus on new healthcare technologies and development of new medical products. It joins GE Healthcare’s other advanced manufacturing and engineering centre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The two will collaborate, share knowledge and work on new design ideas.

Its advanced manufacturing engineering team has also developed and programmed multiple collaborative robots which are now installed in GE Healthcare factories globally and are improving efficiency in production lines.

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Jun 17, 2021

Peloton vulnerable to cyber attacks, McAfee research finds

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​​​​​​​Software security experts McAfee discovered exercise bikes by Peloton are vulnerable to cyber attacks, which the company have since resolved 

Peloton, the popular exercise bikes, were found to be vulnerable to cyber attacks in the latest research from McAfee. 

Peloton is a brand of electric bikes that combines high end exercise equipment with cutting-edge technology. Its products use wi fi to connect to a large tablet that interfaces with the components of the exercise device, and provides an easy way for physical activity enthusiasts to attend virtual workout classes over the internet several times a week.

Peloton has garnered attention recently around the privacy and security of its products. So McAfee decided to take a look for themselves and purchased a Peloton Bike+.

The problem

Researchers looked at the Android devices and uncovered a vulnerability  that could allow an attacker with either physical access to the Bike+ or access during any point in the supply chain to gain to hack into the bike’s tablet, including the camera, microphone and personal data. 

For the person using it there would be no indication the Bike+ has been tampered with, potentially putting Peloton’s 16.7 million users at risk.  

The flaw was found in the Android Verified Boot (AVB) process. McAfee researchers were able to bypass the Android Verified Boot process, which normally verifies all code and data before booting. They were then able to get the device to boot bypassing this step. 

This could potentially lead to the Android OS being compromised by an attacker who is physically present. Even worse, the attacker could boot up the Peloton with a modified credential to gain privileges, granting them access to the bike remotely. 

As the attacker never has to unlock the device to boot it up, there would be no trace of their access on the device. This type of attack could also happen at any point from construction to warehouse to delivery, by installing a backdoor into the Android tablet without the user ever knowing. 

The solution

Given the simplicity and criticality of the flaw, McAfee informed Peloton while auditing was ongoing. The vendor was sent full details,  and shortly after, Peloton confirmed the issue and released a fix for it. 

Further conversations between McAfee and  Peloton confirmed that this vulnerability had also been present on the Peloton Tread exercise equipment. 

Peloton’s Head of Global Information Security Adrian Stone, commented on the research: “This vulnerability reported by McAfee would require direct, physical access to a Peloton Bike+ or Tread. Like with any connected device in the home, if an attacker is able to gain physical access to it, additional physical controls and safeguards become increasingly important.

"To keep our members safe, we acted quickly and in coordination with McAfee. We pushed a mandatory update in early June and every device with the update installed is protected from this issue.”

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