Even though the government shutdown is behind us—for the moment anyway—news continues to surface about its implications. A particularly troubling recent revelation is that some Food and Drug Aministration databases were hacked during the shutdown, as the drastic reduction in staff increasee vulnerability. The FDA’s recently admitted to the cyber invasion of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). If we’re smart, will provide a valuable lesson going forward.
The hack occurred on October 15, the last day of the shutdown, and the FDA says that they disabled the system and executed security measures, such as resetting passwords. CBER reviews and regulates biological products, like vaccines, blood, tissue, and cellular and gene therapies. It also educates the public about these products and how to safely and effectively use them. In other words, this is just the kind of information we want vulnerable to security breaches.