Real Life: How I broke into a hospital computer

Wednesday, 12 September 2007, 4:06 PM EST

Recently I was able to break into a hospital computer system. I couldn't change settings, alter clinical records, hack into the Pentagon or launch nuclear missiles, but I could and did send and receive e-mail from an unauthorized terminal, surf the Web, and view official hospital documents unchallenged. My story offers some simple, low-tech, common-sense precautions you can take to prevent a similar occurrence at your site.

At Computerworld.

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