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Congrat's to the ransomeware hackers

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Rob-GB, May 13, 2017.

  1. Rob-GB

    Rob-GB Posting Addict

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    They have now made themselves persona non grata around the world.
    There are governments around this world of ours that will pursue them and react without the restrictions the UK place on such investigations. I doubt they will live long and prosper with so many countries collaborating to find them.
    I wish the hunter teams all the success to remove these scum.

    Rob.
     
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    Akita177 Addicted to Iron

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    Fully Agree.
    Dont forget this was tools of the NSA and this could have been solved a long time ago if they actually worked with microsoft and others, but they didnt they would rather have the back door to peoples lives rather then help them.
     
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    not that i agree with what the hackers have done,but heard something earlier that made me laugh.
    a politician was going on about the hackers and comparing them to dick turpin,and daylight robbery. lol.
    the bloody government are the biggest dick...turpins out there!
     
  4. OliverQueen

    OliverQueen For 5 years, I was stuck on a remote island.....

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    Crypto-locker type malware has been around for 5 years or so now so no excuse really. The exploit that this actual malware exploited was fixed a couple of months back & the patch/update was readily available for FREE from Microsoft's Update Servers. If the IT staff at the NHS had patched the systems, then nobody would know any different! Malware though has to be actually run by user operation or by opening via scan by another program such as AV software (which was patched last week within Microsoft's own Defender software!).

    Wouldn't be so bad but this is NOT an actual HACK but a case of another piece of software being run by a user or software which has got past the companies security solution and spread across network shares (which in the case of the NHS happens to be national). There is no real excuse for not patching software nowadays nor running obsolete software that will have no further support unless it is on a closed network with no internet or external access via flash drives etc. Maybe the Government should have words with the IT team within the NHS and asking them why updates are not being tested quicker to known threats or zero day exploits as & when they are discovered. When I was administrating numerous large networks and the infrastructure, we always had one machine per customer installation that was not on the actual network which was purely for making sure that any patches or updates worked fully with existing software & hardware before being rolled out across the rest of the network.
     
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    I know he/she apparently attacked the Russians and Americans as well. It must be scary to think that you're being hunted down by the two most powerful countries on earth.
     
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    One thing for sure I hate to be the person in charge of ICT in NHS. Got lot of explaining to do.

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    Hopefully, it will highlight the woeful state of IT security within the NHS (due to utterly negligent underinvestment) which is replicated across Government services generally, all of which seek to have ever more of your personal data.

    What could possibly go wrong?
     
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    i think its ridiculous that the nhs are still using windows xp which microsoft stopped updating in april 2014
     
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    :facepalm:

    Ray
     
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    Haven't seen much of Jeremy Hunt since this fiasco kicked off ~ you remember him, that's right, he's the Secretary of STATE for Health..

    Here he is, in case we all forget what he looks like.. :down:

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    Mortimer Lord Haw Haw

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    Is it possible for the criminals who did this to undo what they've done without detection? Or is it so big that it would take years? I'm genuinely interested.
    Personally, I'd like to hear that they corrected their damage under duress from the likes of the FBI before facing charges and a lengthy US jail sentence.
     
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    Due to overpaid, negligent managers. NOT underinvestment in the Slightest.

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    Don't believe it. Upgraded hardware and software licenses are not free.
     
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    The NHS Grand Inquisitor of Proctology is on his way I hear :eek:

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    Jeremy Hunt? Isn't that rhyming slang for what most people think he is?
     
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    Work for Iceland and we still got xp on the cash office computers.
     
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    There may have been money available for new hardware and updated software if the government of the time in 2011 hadn't wasted at least 12.7 Billion on the NHS computer scheme that never worked and was then scrapped with no accountability.
     
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    To be fair from what ive heard even Microsoft didnt know about the exploit.
    Not defending IT at the NHS as the computer system is always down.
     
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    Unfortunately they did...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39911385

    "A security update - or patch - was released by Microsoft in March to protect against the virus, but it appears many NHS organisations had not applied it or were using an older version of the operating system no longer supported - namely Windows XP."

    How's that for MS damage limitation :facepalm:
     
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    I notice a lot of big companies are using outdated and unsupported systems,and that seems to fly in the face of all good advice for staying safe on the internet
    If they were up to date or even somewhere in the ballpark surely window update would have applied the new patch automatically
    the mind boggles as to why they are still running such old systems
    For example i work for a company that is global ie uk europe and north america yet where i work they still use window 7 :eek: unsupported for 2 1/2 years

    Bye the way if the NHS is using XP then they have had no updates since April 2014 that's 3 years with no patches no wonder its an easy target
    Considering all our private medical history and personal info is on there its almost criminal neglect.
     
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