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NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

Nearly a year has passed since the unprecedented WannaCry cyber attack and the UK's NHS has yet to agree an action plan, according to a report by MPs. Following the incident last June, which caused 20,000 hospital appointments and operations to be cancelled, a Lessons Learned review was published with 22 recommendations for …
Kat Hall, 18 Apr 2018
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UK health service boss in the guts of WannaCry outbreak warns of more nasty code infections

The UK's National Health Service has learned from last year's WannaCry attack – and started putting in place disaster recovery measures that will allow it to maintain services in the face of an even fiercer assault. The worldwide spread of WannaCry last May hit hospital networks particularly hard and left doctors and nurses …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2018
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Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

As memories of last May's WannaCry cyber attack fade, the healthcare sector and Britain's NHS are still deep in learning. According to October's National Audit Office (NAO) report (PDF), 81 NHS Trusts, 603 primary care organisations and 595 GP practices in England and Wales were infected by the malware, with many others in …
John E Dunn, 11 Apr 2018
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It's baaack – WannaCry nasty soars through Boeing's computers

WannaCry, the Windows ransomware that took off last May around the world, has landed on some computers belonging to US aircraft and weaponry manufacturer Boeing. “All hands on deck,” said Mike VanderWel, chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering, in a memo seen earlier today by the Seattle Times. “It …
Iain Thomson, 28 Mar 2018
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Vast majority of NHS trusts have failed cyber security assessment, Brit MPs told

Every single one of the 200 NHS trusts in the UK so far assessed for cyber security resilience has failed an on-site assessment, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee were told yesterday. There are a total of 236 trusts. There is no timeline on when the remaining 36 will be checked over. In a hearing about the WannaCry …
Kat Hall, 6 Feb 2018
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On the NHS tech team? Weep at ugly WannaCry post-mortem, smile as Health dept outlines plan

The WannaCry outbreak has forced the UK's national health service to overhaul its crisis planning to put new measures in place to avoid further crippling cyber attacks. A UK Department of Health and Social Care postmortem on the May 2017 WannaCry outbreak, published on Thursday, repeats the findings of previous UK government …
John Leyden, 2 Feb 2018
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DevOps: Bloody hell, we've got to think about security too! Sigh. Who wants coffee?

Imagine you're an organisation that is looking to implement a DevOps approach to applications and services, or perhaps you’ve already started, but you’re worried about security. DevOps is all about rapid iteration and continuous delivery, but your security folks still want to be able to do checks to ensure systems are as …
Dan Robinson, 2 Feb 2018
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Johnny Hacker hauls out NSA-crafted Server Message Block exploits, revamps 'em

Hackers* have improved the reliability and potency of Server Message Block (SMB) exploits used to carry out the hard-hitting NotPetya ransomware attack last year. EternalBlue, EternalSynergy, EternalRomance and EternalChampion formed part of the arsenal of NSA-developed hacking tools that were leaked by the Shadow Brokers …
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2018
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Acronis: Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection!

Acronis has released a free, standalone version of its Acronis Ransomware Protection with AI-based Active Protection tech. It can be used alongside existing backup and antivirus products on Windows systems. The lightweight (20MB) software runs in the background and is said to monitor system processes in real-time to …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2018
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NHS deploys Microsoft threat detection service on just 30,000 devices

Updated NHS Digital has yet to explain why it has taken months to roll out Microsoft's Enterprise Threat Detection Service (ETDS) to only about two per cent of the UK health service's targeted installed base. The ETDS element was included in a custom support agreement that covers all NHS orgs in the UK under a framework penned in …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2018
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UK, US govt and pals on WannaCry culprit: It woz the Norks wot done it

UK Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon today claimed North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware incident. He joins the US government, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Microsoft, Google, Kaspersky, Symantec, FireEye, and others, in blaming Kim Jong-un's hackers for unleashing WannaCry on the world. Uncle …
Kat Hall, 19 Dec 2017

UK.gov joins Microsoft in fingering North Korea for WannaCry

The UK government has joined Microsoft in blaming North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware attack. Security minister Ben Wallace appeared on BBC Radio4's flagship Today programme on Friday morning to blame North Korea for the infamous ransomware attack that disrupted the operation of one in three NHS Trusts in England as well …
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2017
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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

The UK health service could have fended off WannaCry "if only it had taken simple steps to protect its computers", but failed to heed warnings about falling victim to a cyber attack a full year before that incident happened. This was among the findings of an investigation by Blighty's National Audit Office, which today …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2017
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Docs ran a simulation of what would happen if really nasty malware hit a city's hospitals. RIP :(

DerbyCon Electronic medical equipment is supposed to help humans save lives, but their lamentable security could result in considerable death, we were warned over the weekend. Speaking at DerbyCon in Kentucky, USA, on Saturday, three medics with have a side interest in hacking gave an update on their work analyzing security flaws in …
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2017

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

Secretive electronic spy agency GCHQ was aware that accused malware author Marcus Hutchins, aka MalwareTechBlog, was due to be arrested by US authorities when he travelled to United States for the DEF CON hacker conference, according to reports. The Sunday Times – the newspaper where the Brit government of the day usually …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Aug 2017
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WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

Marcus Hutchins, the WannaCry kill-switch hero, has today pleaded not guilty to charges of creating and selling malware at a hearing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The court took the unusual step of relaxing the the 23-year-old's bail terms, allowing him to access the internet and work again. He will also be able to live in Los …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2017
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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

Updated Marcus Hutchins, the unassuming Brit who found and activated the kill switch in the WannaCry ransomware, has been arrested by the FBI in America. Hutchins had been invited over to the States for the DEF CON hacking conference, held last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, and stayed on a few extra days to do the usual touristy things …
Iain Thomson, 3 Aug 2017

WannaCrypt victims paid out over $140k in Bitcoin to get files unscrambled

More than $140,000 (£105,000) in Bitcoin has been paid out by victims of the global WannaCrypt ransomware outbreak from May. The money was removed from the online wallets at 4am UTC on Thursday. The Bitcoin activity was noticed by a Twitter bot set up by Quartz journalist Keith Collins. It tweeted: Status of WannaCrypt …
Kat Hall, 3 Aug 2017

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