Global ransomware attacks

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  1. alanm

    alanm Ancient Guru

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

    UK's NHS hit by large-scale cyber attack

    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.
     
  2. morbias

    morbias Don TazeMeBro Staff Member

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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.
     
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    Loobyluggs Ancient Guru

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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!"
     
  4. scatman839

    scatman839 Ancient Guru

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    Wonder how this would work at my work, if it could. We use some sort of virtual desktop through a programme called citrix
     

  5. alanm

    alanm Ancient Guru

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    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 :D.
     
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    According to DDOS maps the source is coming from Argentinean.
     
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    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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    How does it get in? Malicious office documents? Bad ads?
     
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    Double click this exe to see a funny picture of a cat :D
     
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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"
     

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    Loobyluggs Ancient Guru

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    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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    lucidus Ancient Guru

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    You forgot big tax breaks for the top earners :thumbup:
     
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    Black_ice_Spain Ancient Guru

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    True, but it was fixed 2months ago (when they were discovered to the public)

    only big corps laziness/too slow test phases allowed this :bang:
     
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    teleguy Maha Guru

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    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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    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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