Global ransomware attacks

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  1. lexer98

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    Not true, We are busy selling lemons to Trump ;)
     
  2. southamptonfc

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    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.
     
  3. stevevnicks

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


    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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    Unsurprisingly this week at my work had now hastily been branded "cyber security week"
     

  5. Valken

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    /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
     
  6. southamptonfc

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    You can safely remove your tinfoil hat. This was not targeted in the way you think. It's simply an exploit that can affect any unpatched system.

    Somebody clicked a link in an email or visited a dodgy website on an unprotected computer and it spreads from there.
     
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    Smart of MI6 to forward dodgy emails through NHS Virus Checker before opening it... :D
     
  8. Zooke

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    Wasn't this exploit 'owned' by the government in the 1st place ?

    Why would they praise anyone for mitigating one of their exploits. If they wanted it patched out, they would have disclosed it to MS.

    They knew which systems were vulnerable to this exploit, they knew the exploit was out in the wild, but they did nothing about it.

    These type of decisions are not made by low level civil servants.
     
  9. scatman839

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    It was "owned" by the NSA (or was it CIA). Any countries worldwide were affected. He should definetly be getting praise from the NHS and/or UK gov for stopping it in its tracks.

    It was leaked, modified and released by some unknown organisation.
     
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    Apparently all our doctors surgeries computers around here are down thanks to this

    Waiting for it to hit the criminal records machines and them not pay the ransom :D
     

  11. Zooke

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    As soon as it was leaked, the security services should have notified MS with the code in order for them to patch out the exploit since they were well aware that NHS systems, and thus the lives of citizens were in danger.

    They didn't, and I am eager to know why.
     
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  12. scatman839

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    They were warned, and extended support was cut in 2015

    https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#q=nhs+xp+support+cut

    All for a measly $5.5mil a year is what microsoft wanted. Why should they work on security patches forever for free? Why didn't the tories take that money and pump that plus more into a massive upgrade for the systems.

    This isn't microsofts fault, they warned end of life. It's the NSA for making it, the group who leaked the hack, the group that made wannacrypt and the fault of whatever company/government didn't pay to upgrade their equipment.

    And no, NSA would never warn MS of the leak or provide a fix, because that would be proof of creating it in the first place
     
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    Wow ... they were sitting ducks for almost two years.
     
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    Well there you go^...truth.

    I bet they upgrade now...
     
  15. BigBlockTowncar

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    Do these large scale attacks usually require the end-user to click on something/open an .exe file etc for them to work, or can they load these malware utilities into computers that are just sitting there idle, whilst connected to the internet?
     

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    step 1 remove from the internet
    step 2 use external system to clean drive and extract and yes break encryption sometimes the encryption is easily bypassed...

    am I missing something this always worked when I have had to do it for people before now I haven't dealt with this current iteration myself yet
     
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    The encrypted files part? lol

    How do you plan on decrypting the files without the key?
     
  19. stevevnicks

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    plenty of encryption cracking tools if you use linux... this is not new news.

    i dont know why they dont have their admin learn to use Kali linux, the full version has plenty of pre-installed tools to test your network for exploits everything including testing websites for exploits, encryption cracking, reverse engineering, you name it and its totally FREE.
     
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  20. yasamoka

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    How do you "bypass" encryption? Just how?

    Please stop. It's clear you have no idea how encryption works. As soon as you encrypt with a strong key it's practically impossible to decrypt unless you brute force the key, which takes ages.
     

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