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    Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    London, Hertfordshire, Blackpool, and Cumbria among 16 NHS organisations affected.
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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    I'm sorry but I did have to lol a little bit. I've heard how bad the IT departments are and this kinda confirms it
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    It looks like Spain has also been hit by the same attack, so this is quite a bit more widespread than originally thought.

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    How stupid do you have to be to do this getting on the craplist of just about every intelligence agency everywhere. Trying to extort money but instead throwing your whole life away for nothing.

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    Quote Originally Posted by Skorne View Post
    How stupid do you have to be to do this getting on the craplist of just about every intelligence agency everywhere. Trying to extort money but instead throwing your whole life away for nothing.
    It's nice they also decided to target a service which will affect I'll patients too. Perhaps they think the NHS data is important enough that they'll get the ransom.

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    DBAN all the PC's and servers
    Image them using SCCM
    Restore data from backup

    About a week's job, Could be done over the weekend with a lot of manpower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3dcandy View Post
    I'm sorry but I did have to lol a little bit. I've heard how bad the IT departments are and this kinda confirms it
    It's not really the IT dept's fault when you have moron end users clicking links in random emails, they just have to fix the mess.

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    Quote Originally Posted by 3dcandy View Post
    I'm sorry but I did have to lol a little bit. I've heard how bad the IT departments are and this kinda confirms it
    Sorry, but I struggle to see the funny side when the health of patients is put at risk.

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    DBAN all the PC's and servers
    Image them using SCCM
    Restore data from backup

    About a week's job, Could be done over the weekend with a lot of manpower.
    Seems the best way round it, If my PC was hit with such a thing my plan would be offer them £2 on the basis of saving my some time and if they refuse just nuke and restore.

    I will say this is why I always unplug my backup drive when not in use, wouldn't be much use if that got encrypted too.

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    can someone explain how is bitcoin any better than cash if it allows criminals to use it out of reach of law enforcement, just like cash

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    Timed to strike on friday? Shouldn't be hard to code it to read the system clock and activate just after IT workers typically clock off

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    The appeal of crpytocurrencies for so many is it takes control away from governments whom they view as the real troublemakers. There is, of course, another side to the (crypto) coin which they don't consider till they can't unlock their laptop.

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    Quote Originally Posted by NewLexican View Post
    The appeal of crpytocurrencies for so many is it takes control away from governments whom they view as the real troublemakers. There is, of course, another side to the (crypto) coin which they don't consider till they can't unlock their laptop.
    Except that it is still tied to 'real' currencies so it has volatility, but can be used for other criminal use.

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    The appeal of crpytocurrencies for so many criminals is it takes control away from governments and law enforcement agencieswhom they view as the real troublemakers with money laundering laws and powers of seizure
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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    Quote Originally Posted by tekgun View Post
    It's not really the IT dept's fault when you have moron end users clicking links in random emails, they just have to fix the mess.
    And it's not really the moron end users fault that they have outdated system, didn't this only work because many NHS trusts are still running XP?

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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    And it's not really the moron end users fault that they have outdated system, didn't this only work because many NHS trusts are still running XP?
    Maybe, although I see that MS have released a patch for an unsupported system to fix this - a bit late perhaps but better late than never.

    But I would expect many of the NHS systems to be bespoke and maybe not able to run on later systems, so not only would the NHS be forced to upgrade the operating system, but then update the systems to run on it. NHS IT systems don't have a great implementation track record, so I can understand a reluctance to upgrade.

    At the risk of being controversial, is Microsoft's position a bit ransomewareish "upgrade to Windows - or leave your systems vulnerable because we aren't going to support it".
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    Re: Ransomware Wanna Decryptor causing IT failures across NHS

    Yea i heard something about that, IDK if it was released before or after event but either way the cause of this is more complicated than moron end user, bad IT, evil Microsoft, or any other single point of failure, it's a series of failures.

    Having said that I'd personally attribute it mostly to a lack of money, throwing money at problems while perhaps not very cost effective tends to get them solved.

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