GlaxoSmithKline asthma app wins AXA PPP Health Tech & You Award
MyAsthma - a mobile app developed by GlaxoSmithKline was one of six winners at the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards. The app helps asthma patients understand their condition as well as how to manage symptoms.
Users of the mobile app are able to track medicine usage and asthma attacks, and use location, weather and air quality data to increase their awareness of patient asthma triggers. GSK’s app is the first approved as a Class 1 medical device and has also been CE marked.
Among other winners at the Health Tech & You Awards included software that gamifies physiotherapy treatments, alongside a collection of clothes that heighten or mute senses to help people with autism.
Gordon Henderson, marketing and innovation director at AXA PPP healthcare, said: “The Awards recognise and celebrate the best in personal health technology innovations to benefit consumers and our members to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“The winners and finalists this year show an emergence of artificial intelligence, interactive wearables, gamification and personal medical testing – health tech that would have seemed very ahead of the time when AXA PPP healthcare founded the Health Tech & You programme in 2014.”
The 2017 award winners were announced at The Design Museum in London - they will displayed as part of a free Health Tech & You exhibition.
The AXA PPP Health Tech & You exhibition showcases the most exciting developments in today’s health tech sector. It celebrates true innovation in the sector and allows visitors and media to see how each of the inventions works from real patient testimonials.
Peloton vulnerable to cyber attacks, McAfee research finds
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+.
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.
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.”