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NHS Cyber attack. - May 12th 2017, 05:53 PM

I mean it's annoying I am without one of my medications over the weekend now but its disgusting and scary that this is putting health and lives at risk.

My county has been hit badly. My crisis team just called because no one can ring them so they had to give me an urgent number. Who even does this? Its absolutely mad.

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Re: NHS Cyber attack. - May 12th 2017, 07:36 PM

It's absolutely horrible that there are people out there who see no problem with hacking into systems that are necessary to help those struggling with their health. I really hope this gets resolved soon and that no serious damage/health risks comes as a result of it.

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Re: NHS Cyber attack. - May 12th 2017, 08:57 PM

This is absolutely disgusting.

It's trending on Facebook and NHS aren't the only victims. Wired has an article on the Ransomware Attack.

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Re: NHS Cyber attack. - May 14th 2017, 01:05 AM

It breaks my heart that this kind of thing happend. Many people's lives are at risk now. What a horrible prank or whatever this was meant to be.
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Re: NHS Cyber attack. - May 14th 2017, 01:19 AM

This doesn't seem like a prank. This seems like a well thought out attack. Over 40,000 organizations in many countries have been affected. Earlier reports said 45 countries but the number has increased since then and I haven't really kept track. The supposed attack is a ransomware that has encrypted files and users have to pay a certain amount in bitcoins to regain access to their files. If the amount is not paid in a few days, the threat is that the files will be deleted.

My concern right now is that sensitive information is out in the open and it is still under speculation as to who has it and who is behind it. If we talk about the NHS in particular people's medical history records are under threat. There still isn't word as to what kind of organisations have been attacked in other countries and my main fear remains that sensitive information might have been attacked there as well.

There are so many words I could use to describe how I feel about this but the main one would be scary. It scares me because, in today's world where most of our lives are online, we have sensitive information online, it is just plain scary especially when something of this large a scale hits.

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Re: NHS Cyber attack. - May 14th 2017, 03:57 PM

This is terrible! I've been so out of the loop for a couple of days on news so coming back to bad news is hard to hear. I hope everything gets resolved soon and there's minimal damage.

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Re: NHS Cyber attack. - May 14th 2017, 04:57 PM

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It scares me because, in today's world where most of our lives are online, we have sensitive information online, it is just plain scary especially when something of this large a scale hits.
I agree, with everything being stored in an online database, server, or the cloud these days, it just opens up the possibility of being hacked by less honorable people who want to do nothing but cause damage and pain for others. My medical information is stored in an online database, which I am not entirely cool with, but people are so against the old-fashioned way of using a large physical storage facility with patient information. The only thing people had to worry about back then were fires destroying all the files, and maybe that has a little part in it. This bit is why I always believe in duplicating things and the only time I will ever condone using technology (scanners) to do so.

For my computer, I don't have anything on it. It's a blank slate. Everything is stored on my external hard drive, which I always disconnect when I'm not using it. I'm not sure if malware, ransomware, and viruses can actually get access to external drives, but it's best to be safe than sorry. Although, I also have copies of whatever's on my external drive (minus pictures because I have about 60 gigs worth of images) is stored on Google Drive as well. So if Google ever gets hacked or phished...

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