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Cyber Attack

Any of you boffins have a view on the cyber attack warning issued on Monday?

It seems the Ruskies are infiltrating not just the routers of business and commerce, but also our home hubs. They are not so interested in whether Charlton play with one or two up front, but rather more in using our collective space to cause damage.

I know it’s possible to change the password of the home hub - something not strictly speaking recommended, but would it help in making things more secure?

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/us-uk-issue-first-of-its-kind-joint-warning-about-russian-cyberattacks-1.3463935

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    I posted the message below in the "Amazon Alexa" thread back in November 2017. I got laughed at and the piss taken.

    All of these devices are gathering data on the users and sending it back to big brother on a mega server somewhere. When the servers get hacked by the Russians and all the data stolen they will all be on Ebay for a tenner.

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    Any of you boffins have a view on the cyber attack warning issued on Monday?

    It seems the Ruskies are infiltrating not just the routers of business and commerce, but also our home hubs. They are not so interested in whether Charlton play with one or two up front, but rather more in using our collective space to cause damage.

    I know it’s possible to change the password of the home hub - something not strictly speaking recommended, but would it help in making things more secure?

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/us-uk-issue-first-of-its-kind-joint-warning-about-russian-cyberattacks-1.3463935

    I thought it was the exact opposite - that you are recommended to change it! (Not that I've bothered with mine!)

    bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40382877
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    A lot of "Internet of things" appliances are hopelessly insecure. There have already been attacks that employed an army of hacked household devices. I turn my router off when I'm not using the internet.
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    Close down the internet would be the logical conclusion. There must be big switch in Tim Berners-Lee's study, he could turn it off.
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    If Russia have the capability of infiltrating and shutting down our systems then rest assured we also have the capability to do it to them.

    MAI - mutually assured inconvenience.
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    There are lots of mature Russians on Redtube at the moment. Could they have started already?
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    Just turned on Red Tube and got a speech by Corbyn ?
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    Any of you boffins have a view on the cyber attack warning issued on Monday?

    It seems the Ruskies are infiltrating not just the routers of business and commerce, but also our home hubs. They are not so interested in whether Charlton play with one or two up front, but rather more in using our collective space to cause damage.

    I know it’s possible to change the password of the home hub - something not strictly speaking recommended, but would it help in making things more secure?

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/us-uk-issue-first-of-its-kind-joint-warning-about-russian-cyberattacks-1.3463935

    Always change your password from the default.

    I have changed the router name and password on every router I have had.

    Make sure your passwords are random and contain at least 12 characters (inc upper case, lower case, symbol and numbers) and you should be fine
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    Major hospitals in London have declared a critical incident after a cyber-attack led to operations being cancelled and emergency patients being diverted elsewhere.

    It applies to hospitals partnered with Synnovis - a provider of pathology services.

    King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ - including the Royal Brompton and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital - and primary care services are among those affected.

    The NHS said emergency care continued to be available.

    GP services across Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bromley, Southwark and Lambeth boroughs have also been affected.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c288n8rkpvno

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    I delayed booking my blood test by two weeks due to a heavy cold. 

    I eventually booked it on the 30th May for next Thursday June 13th - the first available. Then last Thursday I received an email saying it was cancelled.  I can only imagine the chaos with the delay, backlog and new requests.  Gawd knows when I'll get the bloody thing - pardon the pun :|.

    Dear Patient Due to an ongoing IT incident impacting providers across SE London, all non-urgent phlebotomy services requested by General Practitioners has been paused until further notice. Your blood test appointment has been cancelled, we are incredibly sorry for the inconvenience caused and working hard to restore services to normal and will be in contact when we are able to resume bookings. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
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    Same here. All blood tests across South East London now suspended. And the physio appointment (linked to the same condition for which the blood test is required) came through yesterday for November! 

    On top of that the GP won't or can't submit me for an xray as "nothing is broken" and it's for the physio to do the xray referral. 

    As a working age adult im having to think of going private for this. I will try to persuade a different doctor to at least refer me for an xray at next appointment in 2 weeks time.

    Thanks Russian criminals and the NHS provider IT team with the vulnerable system..
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    I have on occasion taken to ‘go private’ for tests for when there is a ridiculously long NHS waiting list.
    Significantly speeds up your diagnosis and the wait for any treatment you may require.
    I still normally use The NHS for the actual treatment though.
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    An appeal has been launched for O blood-type donors to book appointments across the country following the ransomware attack affecting major London hospitals.

    The IT attack means the affected hospitals cannot currently match patients' blood at the same frequency as usual.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c2eeg9gygyno

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    I know someone who works frontline NHS and they said the cyber attack consequences are much more serious than we are being told. 
    Serious delays to all kinds of testing. 
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    edited June 14
    Call me naive but why would anyone attack the NHS? It's just nasty. 
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    edited June 14
    Chunes said:
    Call me naive but why would anyone attack the NHS
    Blackmail/ransomware.
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    Could also be a reaction to the weaponry we're supplying the Ukraine to use against the Russians.
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    Chunes said:
    Call me naive but why would anyone attack the NHS? It's just nasty. 
    NHS trusts are absolutely ripe for untargeted ransomware because their systems are running shit, unoatched operating systems. 

    This won't be targeted - it'll just be big standard ransomware that's made it's way onto a completely flat network, with hundreds of systems that haven't had Windows updates run for five years. 
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    Chunes said:
    Call me naive but why would anyone attack the NHS? It's just nasty. 
    NHS trusts are absolutely ripe for untargeted ransomware because their systems are running shit, unoatched operating systems. 

    This won't be targeted - it'll just be big standard ransomware that's made it's way onto a completely flat network, with hundreds of systems that haven't had Windows updates run for five years. 
    100% what Leroy says. 
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