May 17, 2020

Samsung partners with Uttar Pradesh to provide increased healthcare support

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Catherine Sturman
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As part of its efforts to support areas with limited access to essential healthcare services, Sasmung Smart Healthcare aims to fill a gap in the Indian...

As part of its efforts to support areas with limited access to essential healthcare services, Sasmung Smart Healthcare aims to fill a gap in the Indian healthcare market through its Smart Healthcare Program, partnering with over 10 government hospitals across India.

The initiative encompasses the provision of advanced technologies and solutions to support India’s growing demand for healthcare services and support patients who could otherwise not afford to access quality care.

Samsung India’s partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh will see the company add 20 new Samsung Smart Healthcare centres across the state and provide advanced and innovative healthcare equipment, such as ultrasound and digital radiology (x-ray) machines, which will be manufactured by the Company.

Following on from the partnership, Samsung are now working to support 38 healthcare centres in total across the country.

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“Development on the healthcare front is the need of the hour. I am happy that Samsung India has made a start on that front and has come forward to set up programs like Samsung Smart Healthcare,” commented Shri Prashant Trivedi, Principal Secretary, Department of Medical Health & Family Welfare, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

“The government is working towards creating better medical facilities for the public and the collaboration with Samsung for the Smart Healthcare program is a step towards fulfilling this vision.”

“Samsung believes in transforming communities and creating a better life for people. We are pleased to partner with Uttar Pradesh to offer healthcare solutions with the effective use of technology,” added Deepak Bhardwaj, Vice President, Samsung India.

“Through this collaboration, we aspire to provide many more people in the state easy access to advanced healthcare facilities. Samsung Smart Healthcare combines good infrastructure, latest technology and the best available medical expertise.”

 

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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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