NHS England hit by Wanna Decryptor ransomware cyber attack

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NHS England hit by Wanna Decryptor ransomware cyber attack

Post by Admin on Fri May 12, 2017 9:07 pm

this was posted 18hrs ago yet its only becoming main news in the last few hrs or so



UK hospitals have effectively shut down and are turning away non-emergency patients after ransomware ransacked its networks. Some 16 NHS organizations across Blighty – including several hospital trusts such as NHS Mid-Essex CCG and East and North Hertfordshire – have had their files scrambled by a variant of the WannaCrypt, aka WanaCrypt aka Wcry, nasty. Users are told to cough up $300 in Bitcoin to restore their documents. Doctors have been reduced to using pen and paper, and closing A&E to non-critical patients, amid the tech blackout. wrote:
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Post by Absolut on Sat May 13, 2017 1:51 pm

I note they are making out that it's a "deliberate attack" when in reality it's more like some numpty opened an email attachment they shouldn't have and it spread across the network.
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Post by Absolut on Sun May 14, 2017 10:29 am

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/what-is-wannacry-wanna-decryptor-wncry-nhs-ransomware-guide

It’s important to point out, however, that the NHS wasn’t necessarily specifically targeted. Hackers tend to create scripts that will try and push ransomware onto as many machines as possible, and the NHS was almost certainly just an unfortunate victim.

The NHS attack actually started in Lancashire, and then spread throughout systems at various NHS Trusts.

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Post by Admin on Sun May 14, 2017 11:46 pm

to me it just proves a point the nhs system should not be on the internet and if its got to be it should be a secure line system all on its own therefor no other internet activity can then do it any harm as theres no access to the internet via that line at all
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Post by Absolut on Mon May 15, 2017 8:52 am

The headlines are deliberately blaming the "attack" on an external rather than on an internal - not enough sysadmins in the NHS to deploy the windows update that was required.
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Re: NHS England hit by Wanna Decryptor ransomware cyber attack

Post by Admin on Tue May 16, 2017 10:57 am

no the problem is with both microsoft and the governments withholding the updates from members of the public so they can gain access to peoples computers

https://publictechnology.net/articles/news/nhs-cyber-attack-wake-call-government

IT professionals have worked over the weekend to reverse the damage done by the WannaCry software, which encrypted files stored on Microsoft software.
But Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, in a blog post, attacked governments for “stockpiling vulnerabilities”.
He said: “This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world.
“Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage.” He said that the attack, which affected organisations around the world, was equivalent to Tomahawk missiles being stolen from the military. “The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call,” Smith said. wrote:

even microsoft stockpilled updates

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/16/microsoft_stockpiling_flaws_too/

Speaking of hoarding, though, it's emerged Microsoft was itself stockpiling software – critical security patches for months.
Around January this year, Microsoft was tipped off by persons unknown that the NSA's Eternalblue cyber-weapon, which can compromise pre-Windows 10 systems via an SMBv1 networking bug, had been stolen and was about to leak into the public domain.
In March, Microsoft emitted security fixes for supported versions of Windows to kill off the SMB vulnerability, striking Eternalblue dead on those editions. wrote:
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