Today, Trend’s FTR team released the paper Leaking Beeps: Unencrypted Pager Messages in the Healthcare Industry, on our research into pager technology. If are concerned about keeping your health information private, I would highly recommend you read through it. I, for one, was not expecting the findings we made. Pagers are secure, right? We’ve used them for decades, they are hard to monitor, and that’s why some of our most trusted industries use them, including the healthcare sector.
Nope. Wrong. It took the technology my son uses to play Minecraft to see hospital information in clear text from hundreds of miles (or kilometers if you are a non-US person like me) away. Frankly I was stunned. (Rest assured, our findings are aggregates of what we saw, not individual texts – though some like this were created as composites to illustrate some of our observations).Read More