Massive Ransomware Attack Hits 74 Countries
Much too long to c & p. URL:
I would suggest that some level of healthy skeptism be applied to the CNN article of the 'do they really know whence they speak of' variety. In particular whether/how much this attack impacts, if at all, home users.
I presume that we all have a favorite website that we rely on for accurate tech news. It would pay to see what such a site has to say, especially with regard to proactive 'countermeasures' (not to mention to determine/assess vulnerability, etc.,).
Luckily, for me, my appointment was yesterday. Our NHS has been badly hit.
Looks like it's hitting hard. Even Russia's been hit. Bloody silly, though. Thanks to our idiotic government, 90% of NHS machines are believed to be running Windows XP.
Hunt should be hunted out of office. The Government stopped paying Microsoft in 2015.
One of the take aways from this event is just how fragile/vulnerable these countries digital 'highways' are in the event of a bona fide all out
It is not like that the powers that be found out yesterday that such havoc was possible, if not likely.
The political folks controlling the purse strings are, for all practical purposes, digitally illiterate. Their votes are based on what so called self-appointed experts are telling them without any insight/comprehension as to whether their executive summaries hold water. And of course, it's safe to presume that the digital experts don't agree among themselves either which only confuses the matter. Digital experts are very likely to be digital media darlings and its their name recognition factor that attracts the likes of most politicians, i. e., media recognition is the tour de force of politicians.
It's clear that a quick resort to manual methods of doing the job has been sorely neglected. The staff contingency training time for such a scenario is of course non-revenue producing. That's the kiss of death as to why it's not being done apparently.
Buggered my repeat prescription request, then.
Blogger accidentally halts malware attack
Anyone call to take any bets as to how many IT types will be fired for this fiasco?, i. e., they (and we know who THEY are) have already started laying the foundation for not being terminated by blaming an outdated MS OS (XP)/lack of funding/etc.,. Competence???? I bet on ZERO. Resignations due to embarrassments/humiliation/etc.,. Also ZERO.
Actually this code has been around in one form or another for many years. If a system is patched and up to date, then you are reportedly safe. The IT departments should be fairly safe unless they are the ones blocking security upgrades to the systems under their control. Sadly, it's often the Shareholders who fail to appreciate the need for updated security on their computer systems thinking "It ain't broke, so I ain't going to fix it", which should be more like "my car will last me for many years provided I maintain it"
A social commentary on today's CNN website re the recent ransomware attack known as WannaCrypt.: Wannacrypt Ransomware Attack Should Make Us Wanna
Cry By Alexander Urbelis
There are of course no lack of commentaries/editorials/etc. on this event; and if you look hard enough, you could probably even find a few that state, in effect, 'it was no big deal'.
Wouldn't be a "laugh" if the hacker turned out to be someone who wanted the bitcoins to pay for a date for someone he/she really wanted to impress!!!!!
Updated avast and malwarebytes.
In the comments sections of various media articles [that allow for anyone to post them], there is no lack of a vast assortment/variations of
conspiracy theories/accusations re the culprits.
One that caught my eye was that MS is behind the attack in order to motivate end users, et al, to switch over to the Win 10 OS. A variation on that is that Win 10's sending of user data to MS makes it even easier than it already is for the govt to "monitor", as in eavesdrop, what end users are up to.
For those across the pond: did any govt agency actually pay the ransomware??? [could NOT find anything in any of the media stories if that did/did not happen]
The annoying thing, for many, is the repeated mantra of using Windows Update. Problem is, Microsoft has installed so much malware, itself, using that, that many of us have it disabled, rather then have W10 forced upon us.
Someone has been trying to hack my accounts today. There is a reason I don't do online banking.
There are a number of consequences to the magnitude of this ransomware episode.
One that's not gotten any attn that I have come across is that is has very likely emboldened amateur as well as advanced level hackers in a de facto contest to outdo one another.
Human nature being was it is/isn't is the rivalry that springs between individuals even in the realm of cyberwarfare, i. e., my skills are better than yours, or I can wreck more havoc than you can, etc.,. Bullying is not limited to the school yard/work place/etc.,. It exists online and bragging/chest thumping that you have accomplished some nefarious deed in this area falls in this category.
Couldn't resist fixing the quote thing. Sorry Jack.
But thank you for that link, Leigh. I have an old XP desktop in the other room that could do with a fix.