15 May 2017 - Unprecedented Ransom Cyber-Attack
(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.
Sarah Marsh (The Guardian, 13/05/2017)
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.
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.
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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