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DICOM vulnerability raises cybersecurity risk for medical images

A flaw in the DICOM image format used to store and exchange medical device images could increase the risk of the imaging files being infected with malicious code without altering the original patient data, allowing the malware to stay hidden behind images that are HIPAA-compliant. "Once this occurs, incident response teams and A/V [antivirus] software cannot delete the malware file as it contains protected patient health information," according to Cylera security researcher Markel Picado Ortiz.

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