Researchers have identified several high-risk vulnerabilities in a popular model of pneumatic tube systems (PTS) that are used by many hospitals to transport sensitive materials including lab specimens, blood products, tests and medications between different departments. The flaws could enable attackers to sabotage or hold the systems hostage, which can potentially have a negative impact on patient care.

The vulnerabilities affect the Translogic PTS system made by Swisslog Healthcare, which according to the manufacturer, is used in over 2,300 hospitals in North America and over 3,000 worldwide. Such systems have become an important part of the normal workflows in medical facilities, saving up to 200 hours per day in manual transport time.

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