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    windows under attack! May 2017

    Computers running these versions of Windows are under attack today.


    • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2 and R2 SP1
    • Windows 7
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows RT 8.1
    • Windows Server 2012 and R2
    • Windows 10
    • Windows Server 2016

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    I work in IT and this is a major attack. I feel for those people at the NHS trying to get the system back up and running. Patients and services are suffering and the IT guys will be under immense pressure. For some there will be no sleep this weekend.
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    I'm just looking at it.

    It would be more accutate to say NHS Under Attack.

    It's a ransomware that has been known about for a couple of months.

    Why have the NHS IT guys not got their anti-malware up to date is my first question?
    There again it depends just how this particular one works, a user with high privileges on a large system can let malware in if they are not vigilant.

    Keeping an eye on it.

    Your own computer should not be affected by this unless you are somehow connected to the NHS internal network.
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    Screen shots look a lot like something known as wannacryptor.

    As said this is quite well known and should have been guarded against by now.

    Still early in the attack, so too much speculation going on.

    I must admit my second thought is we are in an election campaign and cyber security/ spying on you is up there on the agenda.
    Whatever the outcome is for patients it's going to make good campiagn material.
    (And what's a few more dead people anyway if I get elected).
    Maybe being harsh there, but..........
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    Just talking to a lass who works as a clinical secretary at the local hospital.

    Her AV, not the ransomware, shut her computer down at about 11:30 this morning.
    They were sent home at lunchtime.

    Her work computer runs Windows XP, which is out of support.
    She says its due to get updated to Windows 7 soon.
    Which is ready out of mainstream support and goes out of extended support in 2020.

    OK major organisations can get suppot dates extended.
    But how much effort is going into that extended support rather than new supporting up to date versions?
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    It does seem to be like Wanna Decryptor. The attack is world wide and not limited to the NHS.

    The NHS does have a significant problem with many PCs still running Windows XP, long since been out of support. Trying to upgrade such a large scale PC network is a massive undertaking but is overdue.

    Still, even if the PCs were on Windows 10, it may not have prevent this. It shows how much of our infrastructure is reliant upon Microsoft. Linux and Mainframe technology is often considered old world but is often more resilient to such attacks.
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    I'm not sure about these "worldwide" attacks being today.

    The one I'm seeing reported most is the Spanish one that happened on 2nd May.

    So OK recent by most peoples definition, but old news in the malware community.

    Zero-Day (never seen before) makes news there.
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    Kaspersky are seeing reports in 74 countries, yes Spain is one. They may not be all linked to the same source. it's fairly easy to create variants of these infections, just like real infections so it can be hard to track.

    Let hope they get these systems back up and running as such more activity is dependent upon them
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    I think the problem is that government/parliament is not aware yet just how fast these attacks can happen.

    If you run outdated systems, with outdated security, then you are going to get caught eventually.

    Lets face it this particular malware is not as vicious as some that's out there.
    Most home users anti-malware would have stopped it dead.
    Also- £230 to decrypt is not exacty aimed at big business. (Not that you could trust the decryption to work even if you paid).

    Come on, if this was deliberately targeted at the NHS then it would be asking for millions.
    (I'm beginining to think my comments in post #4 were probably correct).

    It's only because of outdated sytems and outdated (by a couple of days) protection that it has caused this big problem.

    Guess whats going to be the main headlines tomorrow.
    And lots of election pledges about taking away your privacy, but not much about tackling the real problem.
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    Last one tonight.

    I'm seeing some more now and this attack seems to be exploiting the security flaw that I mentioned in the Windows 10 thread a couple of days ago.
    http://www.youreable.com/forums/show...l=1#post129253

    If it is using this exploit then it's the first live exploit to do this, which shows how you have to keep up to date.
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