Sofware security: promises not kept

Saturday 13th May 2017

The warnings have there, as far, if not further back than 2015, when countries reported the Duqu viral infections and a new hacking threat SoT, aka “Security of Things” that had the medical community alarmed, and one  researcher claiming to have discovered a way for hackers to even threaten to change medication dosages delivered by a patient's drug pump!

In July 2016  "The Hacker News" reported Europol and IT security companies were teaming up to combat Ransomware threats. Now in May 2017 a rethink is demanded for security, with the focus being on Edge Analytics. Perhaps hackers appreciated this increasingly defensive software attitudes and decided to move while the going was still reasonable.

In Scotland, the NHS  has told patients, unless it is an emergency, to stay away from hospitals. The attack that has left computer systems down across the country in a major cyber blowout, where IT hijackers have taken control of computers. Some doctors claim messages are flashing up demanding cash payments or demanding $300 in cyber bitcoins. Among the countries that have been hacked are Germany and Spain.

It is reported that more than half of the country’s health boards were targeted by global scale hack, which brought down NHS computer systems throughout the UK leaving medical staff unable to access patient records, while GP  and dental surgeries were also hit by ransomware demands on IT systems,  and also disrupted were English health services.

Forbes reports It's been a matter of weeks since a hacker crew called Shadow Brokers dumped a load of tools believed to belong to the NSA (National Security Agency). It now appears one leaked NSA tool, a Microsoft Windows exploit called EternalBlue, is being used as one method for rapidly spreading a ransomware variant called WannaCry across the world.

The lockscreen displayed by the WannaCry crypto-locking ransomware used in the attacks.
(Source: Lawrence Dunhill)

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