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Cyber attack on NHS

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dingit Fri 12-May-17 15:49:13

This doesn't look good.

NellieFiveBellies Fri 12-May-17 15:51:39

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aginghippy Fri 12-May-17 15:54:36

i wonder what someone would do it for though.

Why do hackers do anything? Because they can. To show their power. To cause chaos.

dingit Fri 12-May-17 15:57:41

Dh works for a large insurance company and it something they are working on to offer insurance for. The implications are scary.

SilverdaleGlen Fri 12-May-17 15:59:28

What a shitty thing to do, on a service that can actually affect life and death.

Hope anonymous tracks the fuckers down and ruins them.

CainDinglesLeatherJacket Fri 12-May-17 16:05:11

Just commented on the other thread about this, but it seems financially motivated - $300 sent anonymously through bitcoin will apparently unlock your computer and restore your files, according to the screen showing on attacked computers.

SemiNormal Fri 12-May-17 16:07:16

Just read this! How fucking horrible!! Does anyone know if they have access to patient files?! Seriously disturbing news.

HeadingToBed Fri 12-May-17 16:09:30

What kind of sick fuck would do this?

CainDinglesLeatherJacket Fri 12-May-17 16:11:04

@SemiNormal I don't think they do, however they do have the ability to completely remove files from the computers infected.

It doesn't appear to be an attack based on gaining information, just causing a disturbance for financial gain.

poorbuthappy Fri 12-May-17 16:15:00

Not sure is if related but our systems (based in Spain) are also down due to ransom ware attacks.

SemiNormal Fri 12-May-17 16:17:34

I don't think they do, however they do have the ability to completely remove files from the computers infected - I really hope they don't. I hope they don't delete the files either! I hope they find whoever is behind this and lock them up for a VERY long time!!

As an aside they seem to be asking for a relatively small sum of money considering the seriousness of this crime. Makes me wonder if it's perhaps someone very young or someone from a country where this sum of money would be worth significantly more?

CainDinglesLeatherJacket Fri 12-May-17 16:28:53

@SemiNormal if it's $300 per computer then I imagine that could end up being a very large amount of money depending on the size of infection sad

SemiNormal Fri 12-May-17 16:35:57

if it's $300 per computer then I imagine that could end up being a very large amount of money depending on the size of infection - Ahh yes, I read the sum and just thought that was overall what they wanted - didn't think it was per computer!!

Have just read a little of what is going on in Spain too - sounds related and that it may be that NHS wasn't specifically targetted?

Really hoping that no one dies as a result of this. sad

SemiNormal Fri 12-May-17 16:38:48

Apparently 16 hospital affected so far. I hate hackers at the best of times but this is just evil.

NellieFiveBellies Fri 12-May-17 16:39:34

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CainDinglesLeatherJacket Fri 12-May-17 16:52:51

@SemiNormal Sky news saying the companies in Spain have received the exact same ransomware as the NHS hospitals here, but if these are all deliberate attacks it's strange that so many different companies, trusts and hospitals have been targeted rather than just all hospitals or all companies.

MrsMulder Fri 12-May-17 16:56:56

It's reached the north west as well. A&E's having to turn patients away. Hope it gets resolved quickly. What absolute scum to endanger people like this

StealthPolarBear Fri 12-May-17 16:58:46

Really hope they catch this person. Scary to think of what they're having to rely on in tbe meantime. Hope no one suffers because if this.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 12-May-17 16:59:11

I don't think that certain hospitals will have been selectively targeted, rather, some seem to have been more vulnerable for whatever reason.

Blondie79 Fri 12-May-17 16:59:58

GP surgeries also affected. Pretty much whole of Lancashire NHS down.

ExplodedCloud Fri 12-May-17 17:02:11

They will probably be able to encrypt the data or files. They release the key to unencrypt it on payment.

StealthPolarBear Fri 12-May-17 17:02:47

Bloody hell have you seen that virus screen

StealthPolarBear Fri 12-May-17 17:06:57

I thibk this will be huge

StealthPolarBear Fri 12-May-17 17:14:35

In Europe as well apparently

MillieMoodle Fri 12-May-17 17:25:57

One bitcoin is currently worth £1,355.30. So 300 of them is £409,590.

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