Ambulances diverted to North Mid Hospital following crippling cyber attack

Fernando Stephens
May 18, 2017

We increasingly are among the first responders to attacks on the internet.

Smith's blog post did not address another factor in the ransomware's spread, one that hints at the difficulty of uniting against a hacking attack: Users of pirated Microsoft software are unable to download the security patch, forcing them to fend for themselves or rely on a third-party source for a solution.

NHS Shetland, NHS Orkney and NHS Lothian are the only three of Scotland's 14 health boards not among the victims of what experts are describing as a "scattershot" attack by computer hackers involving a "relatively small" ransom demand.

Geek.com has reported that last week Ransomware WannaCry ripped through hundreds of thousands of PCs in what is considered the largest ever cyber-extortion scheme. Microsoft has connected previous exploits of its products released by the mysterious Shadow Brokers group to tools which were stolen from NSA cyber warfare operations.

Microsoft said on Tuesday it was aware of Shadow Brokers' most recent claim and that its security teams monitor potential threats in order to "help us prioritise and take appropriate action".

Network security companies Fortinet and Proofpoint could also move.

The NHS says it employs more than 1.5 million people, making it one of the world's biggest employers alongside the U.S. Department of Defence, Walmart and the Chinese army.

Experts say the attackers have made just over $51,000.

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Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and NHS Digital stated they were not aware of any compromise in patient records resulting from the attack, however Home Secretary Amber Rudd later refused to confirm concretely if patient data had been backed up, in a statement confirming the NHS would finally upgrade its software in the wake of WannaCry.

A divert remained in place for trauma, stroke and urgent heart attack treatment, where diagnostic services are required, at the Lister Hospital, part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Midlands & East).

As is to be expected, the group notes that what members do with the exploits is completely up to them.

In addition to past alleged cyberattacks, North Korea had also been accused of counterfeiting $100 bills which were known as "superdollars" or "supernotes" because the fakes were almost flawless. North Korean officials were not immediately available for comment and its state media has been quiet about the matter.

"The real situation may be serious".

Since Friday, the WannaCry virus has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries, at least temporarily paralyzing factories, banks, government agencies, hospitals and transportation systems. "In one of the cases, the attack was traced back to early April".

Taiwan Power Co said that almost 800 of its computers were affected, although these were used for administration, not for systems involved in electricity generation.

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