this is "nightline." >> tonight, hospital hackers. fears of hackers targeting pacemakers and insulin pumps with the potential to administer deadly doses of medicine from miles away. >> it's almost as if the pump has a life of its own. >> we are on site for the first ever simulation of a mass medical cyberattack. >> let's get ready to shock. >> the security teams and doctors scram toblg prep for the potential stlaet to medical devices. plus no good reasons. >> why didn't you say this to me while i was alive? >> new controversy tonight over the netflix series "13 reasons why." two families claiming it triggered their teenage girls t. >> any kids that might want to watch this, please don't. >> and students at one school staging a dramatic response to the show. also tonight, "70s for
good evening. with a computer violence called petya pair looigz computers around the planet tonight we're going to look at what security experts say is a massive point of vulnerability for america, our hospitals. as well as the medical devices implanted in many of our bodies. a recent congressional report says the security of our health care systems is in, quote, critical condition. tonight what two doctors slash hackers are doing about it. thouts of computers around the world frozen. >> you can't read any e-mails. you can't read any files. basically, your computer becomes a brick. >> reporter: an ominous message taking over their screens. "your files are no longer accessible. send $300 worth of bitcoin." >> sometimes if you pay you getter data back. sometimes they just take your money and move on.
>> reporter: the global ransomware virus known by some as petya that first took out computer systems in ukraine has now spread to the u.s. among those hit, computers in hospital near pittsburgh. >> she called me and said surgery was canceled because the computers were down. >> reporter: this after just last month a worldwide cyberattack by a ransomware virus called wanna cry shut down 65 hospitals in the uk. the virus reportedly affecting not just computers but storage refrigerators and even mri machines. this photo given to a reporter from "forbes" reportedly showing a bayer mri hacked by ransomware. the company said it put out a patch for the devices. and last january hollywood presbyterian hospital in los angeles paid out $17,000 after hackers took control of its computers. >> it was just odd to be at the hospital because all the signs said do not use the computers. i'm like, what's going on in and they said, well, we got hacked.
>> reporter: cybersecurity experts is getting worse. with hospital computers and medical devices becoming potential targets for hackers. >> we went from being prone and prey with no predators to the number one targeted industry last year in less than one year. so our relative obscurity is over. >> this pacemaker can be wirelessly accessed with that number. >> reporter: it seems like something conjured straight out of our hollywood nightmares. remember that iconic scene from the second season of "homeland"? >> call a doctor. >> i don't think so. >> that tv fiction, researchers say, could now become fact. >> i'm killing you. >> reporter: the potential threat was concerning enough that some years ago former vice president dick cheney had the wireless capability on his pacemaker turned off. >> have you ever had a high heart rate before? >> we need to intubate. >> reporter: to combat this problem doctors, security experts, and government employees recently converged
upon the university of arizona in phoenix to witness the first ever simulated hack of a hospital. the event was organized by jeff tully and christian demet, both doctors here. they're also both self-proclaimed hackers. >> when you say a hacker, everyone instantly think about darkly lit rooms, hooded characters that are variously typing and hacking the pentagon. there's a lot of great hackers out there. they do good. when they find vulnerabilities in systems, they fix them. >> what here is vulnerable to hacking? >> everything that's plugged in. >> why are devices like pacemakers and ventilators connected to the internet at all? >> because there's incredible functionality that can be used to the benefit of our patients. pacemakers can be connected to things that monitor the rhythms and send them to doctors. these things can be good for patients and we don't want people turning away from the potential this has. >> do you have any idea what you're in for?
>> i don't. they've been very seefrktive with us. >> these doctors who have agreed to participate in the operation have no idea what's going to come in the door. >> chest pain. >> he's losing consciousness. >> i can't feel a pulse. >> you don't have a pulse. let's start cpr. >> reporter: they do not know what everyone around them in this simulation knows. >> do you have a cardiologist on the phone yet? >> reporter: three critical patients and the culprit, a massive cyber hack. >> the entire insulin dose. >> the whole thing went in. that was a calcium channel blocker overdose. >> let's get ready to shock. >> so you had no idea that in was a hack? >> i knew there was a problem with the itd, but i had no idea it was hacked. >> reporter: looking on as dr. maureen moe, a security resea h researcher from norway. she and her team of white hat researchers have figured out how to hack a pacemaker just like that scene from "homeland." >> that famous scene from "homeland" where a pacemaker's
hacked-s that realistic to you? >> it actually is a bit realistic. it's not that far-fetched. >> reporter: you which is scary for marie because the pacemaker in her body is keeping her alive. >> in essence, are you saying that you hacked your own pacemaker? >> in a way i'm hacking my own heart. but the reason i do this is to prove that the security is not implemented well enough. >> reporter: she buys pacemakers like this one for $500 on e bay so she and her team can hack them. it's not just pacemakers that are susceptible. researchers say any device that can be plugged in as. at risk. and white hat hackers, you know, the good guys, say they can prove this. watch this insulin pump. it just delivered an authorized dose of insulin. now watch your screen on the left here. that code is a security researcher hacking into the device, causing it to deliver a second unauthorized dose. the researcher says the bug has since been patched.
in san francisco billy rios takes apart and hacks different medical devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps in his own home. >> this device here is an infusion pump. this pump is going to control the rate of medicine or drugs that's going to be administered to a patient. >> reporter: with an internet connection and a program he developed billy is going to hack into this bedside infusion pump. >> these pumps have a firewall that's there. but it's very easy to turn off. and then once the firewall's turned off we're actually going to connect to the pum. self and send a command. if this were connected to a patient it would send all the drugs to the patient. we're connected to the pump network over wi-fi. so you could be 1,000 miles away. you could be at a starbucks, or you could be in a hotel or you could be in another country. it's almost as if the pump has a life of its own. >> why is it so easy to hack health care? >> health care's often running on very old unsupported systems like windows xp that they don't even get patches anymore.
hospitals tend not to invest in qualified security personnel. about 85% or more of the hospitals don't have a single qualified security person on staff. >> when a medical device is expected to live in the field for 30 years, the underlying software components are only expected to live, you know, in some cases two years to ten years. so there's a big mismatch there that we have to rectify. >> reporter: advamed tells abc news in part, "the medical technology industry's chief priority is patient safety and medical device manufacturers take seriously the need to continuously assess the security of their devices in a world where the risks, no matter how remote, evolve." and the fda, which regulates medical devices, told us cybersecurity risks are constantly evolving and the fda has been working diligently to address medical device cybersecurity in all phases of a product's life cycle. >> open the chest up.
>> reporter: back at the simulation these doctors are frantically working to keep their mock patients alive. >> this has gone from worrisome to official really quickly. >> reporter: everything that could go wrong does. a patient with a pacemaker. it's been hacked. >> we're making first incision. yeah, i feel the itd. >> that's the date of activity right now. >> reporter: all of the pretend patients in this simulation, even the surgical dummies, lived. thanks to these doctors. and while there aren't any known cases of illicit hackers manipulating somebody's pacemaker, jeff and christian are taking no chances. >> do you guys ever look at each other and think it's not bad for a couple of hackers who've gone on to perhaps save a bunch of lives here. >> we're just happy we're not in jail. >> thank you, doctor. good job. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> they're going to want to go talk to you. no. i love you but no.
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now noz later two families are coming forward to allege the show did in fact inspire their teenage girls to take their own lives. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> why didn't you say this to me when i was alive? >> reporter: it's one of the most controversial shows of the year. netflix's "13 reasons why" chronicles the life and death of hannah baker, a high school student who dies by suicide but leaves behind audio tapes for the 13 people she blames. >> settle in. because i'm about to tell you the story of my life. >> reporter: now a grieving father is lashing out about the series, which he says triggered his own 15-year-old daughter bella to take her own life. >> i think it's completely irresponsible show. >> reporter: bella was in her sophomore year of high school. >> i love you, mommy. >> reporter: her father, john, says she aspired to be a writer. >> she was creative. she liked reading greek mythology. >> reporter: in april bella attempted suicide and later died
from her injuries. >> she was three days short of her 16th birthday. i can feel her as part of my life still. and i know that she'll never come back. >> reporter: john is not alone in his grief. four days after his daughter's death 15-year-old priscilla chiu also took her own life. her uncle peter sat down with fox affiliate ktvu. >> it's quiet. which is the hardest thing because i miss her laugh. >> reporter: priscilla and bella didn't know each other, but according to their families both had just watched "13 reasons why." >> i feel it's dangerous for that small percentage of young adult who the show could become a trigger for them. >> reporter: at the show's launch earlier this year the producers, including selena gomez, said their desire was to help teens. >> and we wanted to make something that can hopefully help people because suicide should never, ever be an option. >> you know, if you want to create something that provides
teenagers with some tools that they can use to get out of a bad situation, why would you paint the ending in such a drastic way? they didn't portray the girl as having any other choices aside from suicide. >> reporter: within weeks of the show airing concern intensified. the national association of school psychologists cautioned that vulnerable youth not watch the series because it may romanticize the choices made by the characters. eventually, netflix added an additional warning that the content may be disturbing and not suitable for younger audiences. in a statement regarding bella and is priscilla's deaths the company said in part, "our hearts go out to these families during this difficult time. we have heard from many viewers that "13 reasons why" has opened up a dialogue around the intense themes and difficult topics depicted in the show." parents, teens, and schools across the country are grappling with how to handle the show's
content amidst a national backlash. >> controversy around the popular new netflix series. >> "13 reasons why." and the department of education is worried abo sensationalizing suicide. >> some asking teens not to watch. critics say the show glorifies suicide, in part by suggesting hannah gets what she wanted. >> it felt like i was already dead. >> reporter: revenge. the statistics are sobering. for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 suicide is the second leading cause of death. >> i think it's something that's gone through every high school at one point. >> that is a pretty major thing to say. do you guys agree? >> yeah. >> reporter: this past spring i sat down with students from michigan's oxford high school for a conversation about the netflix series and the messages it sends. >> some parts i had to turn away just because it was a lot to handle. >> reporter: here in oxford in recent years two young students taking their own lives. one after the other. this past may in response to the show and in honor of them a small group of brave students
took a drastic step by broadcasting their deepest secrets in the classroom to the entire student body to hear. kayla, the volleyball player. >> this is the story of my life. and more specifically, how it almost ended. one day i heard the worst thing someone could ever hear. why don't you just go kill yourself? i thought to myself, would anything really change if i wasn't here? >> reporter: riley, an aspiring scientist. >> worthless, self-centered, no morals, easy, grimy, cake-faced. you would be better off dead. >> reporter: even jordan, the basketball star. >> a lot of days i walk into the school after getting a text like this one. do not talk to me anymore. don't call me anymore. i'm going to show you you little mother the only reason why you have a relationship with me is for money, you user. it is not easy to hear those words. >> reporter: they call their project "13 reasons why not." singling out at least one person who helped them. kayla thanking her friend alexa. >> you to this day may not know
that your words talked me out of hurting myself. >> reporter: and jordan with a message. >> suicide is never the answer. there is always a reason why not. >> reporter: reaction was swift. >> thank god it was all positive. i didn't get one negative thing. and i had a couple students text me like about their problems at home and they had the same story. >> reporter: and then what they all hoped. >> 15 minutes after my tape played a girl who had been accused since elementary school went to the office to get help. >> i think if we get nothing out of this we have them. >> reporter: for these students the controversy over "13 reasons why" led to an unexpected catharsis. >> i think this entire thing has almost created a family in the school. >> there's just a kay change in culture in school that was much needed. >> reporter: but parents like john herndon worry the show sends the wrong message. >> to any kids who may want to watch this, please don't. the show has no therapeutic value for you at all. >> reporter: for "nightline" i'm gloria riviera in washington, d.c.
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