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15 May 2017 - Unprecedented Ransom Cyber-Attack

Ransomware cyber-attack: Who has been hardest hit?
(BBC News, 15/05/2017)

The WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack has hit more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday, Europol says.

Governments, hospitals and major companies have all found themselves battling the malware, which demands money in return for unfreezing computers.

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NHS
 
NHS workers and patients on how cyber-attack has affected them
Sarah Marsh (The Guardian, 13/05/2017)
 
Officials have claimed in the wake of the global ransomware attack that patient care has been unaffected despite 45 NHS sites being hit.

But hospitals across England and Scotland were forced to cancel routine procedures and divert emergency cases in the wake of the attack, which has shut down access to computers in almost 100 countries. Here, patients and NHS workers reveal how the crisis has affected them.

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Reliance on Computers

Letters: NHS cyber attack highlights the dangers of our reliance on computers
(The Telegraph, 15/05/2017)

Cyber attacks like the one on the NHS – whether mounted by individuals, anarchist groups or hostile nations – have the capacity to rapidly damage our infrastructure.

As a society, we are becoming over-reliant on computers and the internet. We need to make our systems much more secure – or have simple, reliable back-up systems.

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NSA

Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool
Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger (The New York Times, 12/05/2017)

Hackers exploiting malicious software stolen from the National Security Agency executed damaging cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries worldwide, forcing Britain’s public health system to send patients away, freezing computers at Russia’s Interior Ministry and wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers elsewhere.

The attacks amounted to an audacious global blackmail attempt spread by the internet and underscored the vulnerabilities of the digital age.

Transmitted via email, the malicious software locked British hospitals out of their computer systems and demanded ransom before users could be let back in — with a threat that data would be destroyed if the demands were not met.

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Last update May 15, 2017
Créé le May 15, 2017
ISSN 2107-7029
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