Hard-coded password vulnerabilities are putting at risk many commonly used medical devices, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Hackers with default passwords would be able to alter settings and do more extensive damage to such devices as heart defibrillators, drug infusion pumps, ventilators and many other pieces of equipment. "It's kind of an industry-wide issue," said Terry McCorkle, one of the researchers who uncovered the vulnerabilities.

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