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Default Global ransomware attacks - 05-12-2017, 19:03 | posts: 7,056

A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world.

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Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (230) in Bitcoin.

There have been reports of infections in as many as 74 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan.

Many security researchers are linking the incidents together.

One cyber-security researcher tweeted that he had detected many thousands of cases of the ransomware, known as WannaCry and variants of that name.

"This is huge," said Jakub Kroustek at Avast.

Another, at cyber-security firm Kaspersky, said that the ransomware had been spotted cropping up in 74 countries and that the number was still growing.

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) was also hit by a ransomware outbreak on the same day and screenshots of the WannaCry program were shared by NHS staff...
UK's NHS hit by large-scale cyber attack

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The NHS has been hit by an 'unprecedented' hack that has shut down computers and cut off phone lines in a cyber attack that could 'endanger lives', doctors said today. At least 16 NHS organisations in England and Scotland including York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation (bottom right) have been hit. Staff have claimed ransomware pop-up messages (main image) are appearing on screens saying the PC is 'under control' and they must pay a ransom to stop all the files being deleted. One message circulated online claims the hackers demand 300 US dollars (230) in the virtual currency bitcoin to relinquish control of their IT systems. Some NHS workers said their offices' computers were 'wiped out one by one' and that confidential doctors' notes about patients are at risk of being wiped...
Was never worried about any sort of malware or security threats until hearing about first cases of ransomware a few years ago. Never expected it to occur on this scale.
   
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Default 05-12-2017, 19:17 | posts: 13,288 | Location: UK

I've been reading reports it uses one of the leaked (alleged) NSA exploits to gain access. Not sure how accurate those reports are.


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Default 05-12-2017, 19:29 | posts: 2,178 | Location: UK

Some headlines in the future:

"Russian Hackers are to blame!"

"Bill Gates is to Blame!"

"More spending is needed to counter cyber security!"

"The internet needs to be controlled to protect us from hackers!"

"Russian Hacker found on moon, marries Catlin Jenner, loses were-pig-chicken half-breed alien puch, Bill Gates to donate money in finding culprit, Clinton foundation suspected in fowl-play!"

"Half-Life 2, Episode 3 confirmed!"

"Star Citizen gets 'better than expected' reviews, Russian hackers suspected in metacritic hack - loobyluggs acquitted, but is alleged to have drowned in Guru3D tears!"
   
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Default 05-12-2017, 19:34 | posts: 13,001 | Location: Scotland

Wonder how this would work at my work, if it could. We use some sort of virtual desktop through a programme called citrix
   
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Default 05-12-2017, 20:07 | posts: 7,056

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The spread of ransomware was also being aided by tricks cyber-thieves used to avoid being detected by security software, said Tomer Weingarten, founder of security company SentinelOne.

"Traditional anti-virus software is not effective in dealing with these types of attacks," he said.

The gangs behind the most prevalent ransomware campaigns had got very good at hiding their malicious code, said Mr Weingarten.

"Where we see the innovation is in the infection vector," he said.

SentinelOne had seen gangs using both well-known techniques and novel technical tricks to catch out victims.

A lot of ransomware reached victims via spear-phishing campaigns or booby-trapped adverts, he said, but other gangs used specialised "crypters" and "packers" that made files look benign.

Others relied on inserting malware into working memory so it never reached the parts of a computer on which most security software keeps an eye...

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36459022
Well I guess the only thing we have going or us is that there are likely over a billion computers in use worldwide. Maybe reassuring (or not) we are lost in the numbers, that they cant practically deal with everyone .
   
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Default 05-12-2017, 20:24 | posts: 4,711 | Location: UK

According to DDOS maps the source is coming from Argentinean.
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 09:47 | posts: 1,991 | Location: Isle of Man

Unfortunately you've only got to look at some of the screenshots of the PCs affected by the hack in the NHS

Still using 15" Dell monitors from 1998. You can imagine these machines are probably running Windows XP and the data on unpatched, ancient kit

That's the problem when we spend all our money handing out benefits instead of our infrastructure.
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 10:02 | posts: 9,836 | Location: Dobuy

How does it get in? Malicious office documents? Bad ads?
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 10:11 | posts: 17,415 | Location: 127.0.0.1

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How does it get in? Malicious office documents? Bad ads?
Double click this exe to see a funny picture of a cat
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 10:51 | posts: 103 | Location: UK

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Some headlines in the future:

"Russian Hackers are to blame!"

"Bill Gates is to Blame!"

"More spending is needed to counter cyber security!"

"The internet needs to be controlled to protect us from hackers!"

"Russian Hacker found on moon, marries Catlin Jenner, loses were-pig-chicken half-breed alien puch, Bill Gates to donate money in finding culprit, Clinton foundation suspected in fowl-play!"

"Half-Life 2, Episode 3 confirmed!"

"Star Citizen gets 'better than expected' reviews, Russian hackers suspected in metacritic hack - loobyluggs acquitted, but is alleged to have drowned in Guru3D tears!"
You missed out one I am certain will happen.

"UK government needs new 'snooping' powers to deal with increased cyber threats"
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 14:27 | posts: 2,178 | Location: UK

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You missed out one I am certain will happen.

"UK government needs new 'snooping' powers to deal with increased cyber threats"
Oh, yeah - you can totally and easily predict that Amber Rudd, being the inept female she is, will think that 'taking the morning after pill' is the best defence against allowing a hacker to rape you.

Perhaps, not dressing like a slut and walking down dark alleyways alone with no mace would be a better choice.

This bint is now in a COBRA meeting, to discuss why she felt having windows XP was sufficient...yes, seriously, that's what the NHS uses.
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 15:06 | posts: 9,836 | Location: Dobuy

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This bint is now in a COBRA meeting, to discuss why she felt having windows XP was sufficient...yes, seriously, that's what the NHS uses.
Who's her boss? Cobra commander?

MS actually released an update for XP

http://www.zdnet.com/google-amp/arti...r-old-systems/
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 16:16 | posts: 655 | Location: UK

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That's the problem when we spend all our money handing out benefits instead of our infrastructure.
You forgot big tax breaks for the top earners
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 18:08 | posts: 4,549 | Location: Spain

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I've been reading reports it uses one of the leaked (alleged) NSA exploits to gain access. Not sure how accurate those reports are.
True, but it was fixed 2months ago (when they were discovered to the public)

only big corps laziness/too slow test phases allowed this
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 18:39 | posts: 1,194

How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attack

https://www.malwaretech.com/2017/05/...r-attacks.html
   
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How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attack

https://www.malwaretech.com/2017/05/...r-attacks.html
This guy probably felt like he won a jackpot
   
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How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attack

https://www.malwaretech.com/2017/05/...r-attacks.html
Fascinating. Thanks for the link.
   
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Default 05-13-2017, 21:15 | posts: 13,001 | Location: Scotland

Dude deserves a bonus and government level praise.

It was totally crippling NHS and expanding fast, now the spread has stopped and they can work on fixing it.

Of course, it wont be fixed, May wants the NHS to fail to privatise it
   
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Default 05-14-2017, 18:21 | posts: 11,463 | Location: UK

List of Fixes per OS

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../ms17-010.aspx
   
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Default 05-15-2017, 02:47 | posts: 19,808 | Location: US East Coast

I was just reading about this over on THG. Those idiots are blaming Microsoft for this because MS dropped support for XP.... Someone even went so far as to state that there need to be laws requiring MS to support all of their products indefinitely.

I fully believe that if someone is in charge of making decisions that effect the health and safety of others, they should be properly and fully educated on the subjects at hand. Too many decisions, affecting too many people, are made by those with no understanding of the subject matter. Take the Target hacks for example. People with absolutely zero knowledge of IT or digital security, had the authority to make decisions that effected the security of data for millions of people. The idiots that decided security wasn't a big deal, should be sitting in prison right now. Same goes for government. If a government figure makes a decision affecting more than just himself/herself, they should be required to be fully and properly educated on the subject before being allowed to make a decision. Most government figures have no idea what the world is like outside of their own, small circle. They may read about it or see it on TV, but they still have no clue.


   
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Default 05-15-2017, 03:14 | posts: 657 | Location: Argentina

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According to DDOS maps the source is coming from Argentinean.
Not true, We are busy selling lemons to Trump
   
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Default 05-15-2017, 06:36 | posts: 1,664 | Location: UK

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I was just reading about this over on THG. Those idiots are blaming Microsoft for this because MS dropped support for XP.... Someone even went so far as to state that there need to be laws requiring MS to support all of their products indefinitely.

I fully believe that if someone is in charge of making decisions that effect the health and safety of others, they should be properly and fully educated on the subjects at hand. Too many decisions, affecting too many people, are made by those with no understanding of the subject matter. Take the Target hacks for example. People with absolutely zero knowledge of IT or digital security, had the authority to make decisions that effected the security of data for millions of people. The idiots that decided security wasn't a big deal, should be sitting in prison right now. Same goes for government. If a government figure makes a decision affecting more than just himself/herself, they should be required to be fully and properly educated on the subject before being allowed to make a decision. Most government figures have no idea what the world is like outside of their own, small circle. They may read about it or see it on TV, but they still have no clue.
At the end of the day it comes down to money. The NHS is being slowly starved to death so when the IT guys say we need X million to upgrade our infrastructure, the bosses decide against it, even though, as you say, the risks are huge.
   
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Default 05-15-2017, 13:17 | posts: 1,441 | Location: in a house

wouldn't mind betting this hack was used to play the Bitcion market prices look how much they have gone up


make payments

follow the block chain monitor the block chain where the payment/s went and what the wallet/s used, to take the payment/s is being traded for or spent on, it will lead to a bank account sooner or latter.

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Default 05-15-2017, 13:39 | posts: 13,001 | Location: Scotland

Unsurprisingly this week at my work had now hastily been branded "cyber security week"
   
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Default 05-15-2017, 15:21 | posts: 1,189

/Tinfoil Hat ON

With all the political crap going, why would they target the NHS for ****s and giggles? That really only hurts citizens, doctors and nurses! If anything there are other more "valuable" targets.

Feels like a false flag opt to gain support to privatize the NHS to me.

/Tinfoil Hat OFF
   
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