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Cyber attack in the NHS

Discussion in 'Personal' started by delmamerchant, May 12, 2017.

  1. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    It has taken years for the NHS to transfer patient records to an online system: Now this!

    What a,terribly difficult situation the 5th largest employer in the world finds itself in.

    The back up clouds are clearly not the safest way to protect our secrets or just our basic info.

    74 countries affected.

    Impact ginormous
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  2. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    A really amateurish attack. Who in their right minds would give the NHS a week to come up with a £300 ransome? Anyone who knows the NHS could tell them that there is no chance of getting someone in charge of the budget to sign off that sum in only a week!
  3. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    Early BBC reports said the figure was £475,000 per NHS trust. A lot at $300.00 in bitcoins a hit.

    Not £300.00. $300.00 in bitcoins
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  4. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    The news says it wasn't a targeted attack, the same thing was sent to all affected computers, if it's 74 countries on the same day it's probably been lurking on computers in the background waiting for a date and time to activate it, spread by a virus indiscriminately.
  5. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Russia/ China
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  6. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Lots of big companies have been hit by the cyber bug....someone left the doors open and the virus arrived.
  7. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I doubt it
    Their efforts tend to be more refined
  8. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    You are likely right.

    Could it be a 15yr Asperger's Male in his bedroom in Neasden?
  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    So is my understanding correct here?

    Someone received an e-mail... that contained a link... they clicked the link and it infected their machine and hijacked their mailbox... it e-mailed a bunch of other addresses in their address book... the recipients thought 'hey Bob's sent me a link, I'll click that' and it spread into their systems...

    Is that about the size of it?

    Listening to Any Questions on R4 they were acting like it was a major super-serious villainy crime network striking at UK infrastructure...
  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I had nothing to do with it... gawd!!!

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  11. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Probably a little more complex than that :D
  12. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    I'm slightly shocked that you have under-played this.

    Imagine, if you can, the consequences of not being able to read records online for complex cases.

    My son : last year when we moved out of London, the records weren't accessible for one of his appointments. This appointment was not productive as consultant didn't have access to various results.

    I wouldn't be wanting to under go surgery today if I had complex conditions!!
    Last edited: May 12, 2017
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  13. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Where have I underplayed it? I'm asking a question...

    Is your joke about a 15 year old in Neasdon not underplaying it?
  14. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Steady chaps/chapesses
    A lot more can be read into posts that actually exists
    A lot less is said than is often read.
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  15. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

  16. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    North Korea.
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  17. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Oh good lord... I so deeply apologise to you for asking a question. So sorry I tried to understand. Please can you post 2nd on all threads to outline what it is you deem to acceptable from now on. Thank you.
  18. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter


    I don't think you would have any problems in that regard, usually you do quite well. :)

    What is a "2nd"?


    Edited for missing word, tense and sense.
    Last edited: May 12, 2017
  19. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Lead commenter

    My daughter, who is a senior staff nurse, has just phoned me after finishing her shift on the ICU ward of a major hospital. They've had to shut down the equipment that helps to monitor critically ill patients.

    What a horrific situation!
  20. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter


    I hope none of them die due to this hacking!!!
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