Oct 27, 2020

Microsoft is top provider of healthcare AI, report finds

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Microsoft is top provider of healthcare AI, report finds
Microsoft rated higher than other AI major players...

A new report looking at artificial intelligence in healthcare has found that Microsoft comes top in terms of perceived strength of their AI solutions, ahead of IBM, Amazon and Google. 

The report by healthcare data company KLAS Research, examined the recent AI purchase decisions of 47 organisations to determine which vendors are being considered and chosen, which are being replaced, and why. 

Half of respondents who shared perceptions of Microsoft said they have a strong healthcare AI offering. Highlighting Microsoft’s healthcare partnerships (e.g., Microsoft Azure is leveraged by Epic, Health Catalyst, Jvion, and KenSci), organisations feel Microsoft has more healthcare expertise than the other cross-industry vendors.

Azure’s AI infrastructure and platform are integrated with other highly adopted Microsoft products, such as Office 365 and Teams, and respondents note that Microsoft seems to have better security and a strong data-protection guarantee. 

Google is noted for advanced capabilities that allow customers to create algorithms capable of impacting patient outcomes, but they are not viewed as having a strong platform. Meanwhile Amazon is on the rise, while IBM is seen as some to over-promise and yield unsatisfactory results. 

The report also highlights the importance of AI and ML for imaging, highlighting three purpose-built, FDA-approved imaging AI vendors who are emerging as early leaders: Aidoc, Viz.ai, and Zebra Medical Vision.

Current users of ClosedLoop.ai, DataRobot, Epic, Health Catalyst, Jvion, and KenSci shared their customer satisfaction levels for the survey, with KenSci client satisfaction remaining high while it has decreased for Health Catalyst and DataRobot. 

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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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