Information technology hackers aren’t just attacking websites and networks anymore, they increasingly are attacking the “Internet of Things,” which are devices linked to the Internet, such as a MRI diagnostic imaging machine in a hospital.

In a new health care cyberthreat report from SANS Institute, which offers cybersecurity training, certification and research, the organization predicts that the health care and pharmaceutical sectors will be among the industries experiencing the highest level of attacks involving “things.” Compared to traditional I.T. systems, “incidents involving things,” such as a hacked MRI machine, “can carry physical consequences as well as policy and financial impacts,” according to the firm. “Virtually all software, applications, systems and devices are now connected to the Internet. This is a reality that cybercriminals recognize and are actively exploiting.”

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