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Cybersecurity Flaws at FDA Put Health Data at Risk, GAO Says

  • 87 weaknesses in FDA’s systems include lack of firewalls
  • Agency needs a complete risk assessment, report says

Computer systems at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are riddled with weaknesses that make confidential, personal health information vulnerable to potential hackers, a government watchdog said.

A review of the FDA’s online information systems found more than 80 weaknesses including a lack of cybersecurity firewalls, according to the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s investigative arm.