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Durham students hit by WannaCry

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As well as the NHS and Nissan’s Sunderland car plant, students at Durham Sixth Form Centre also suffered collateral damage from the WannaCry ransomware attack last spring. Several students lost coursework that would have counted towards their A and AS results. Security experts have criticised the college for being panicked… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity gets a shot in the arm

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In the aftermath of the crippling WannaCry attack in 2017, the NHS has called in Microsoft to beef up its cybersecurity. The Department of Health and Social Care is investing £150 Million over three years to guard against future disruption to Britain’s vital healthcare services. On top of this, the… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity in poor health

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Investigations carried out in the wake of last year’s WannaCry cyberattack have revealed that all of England’s NHS trusts are failing to reach an adequate standard of cybersecurity. The NCSC pointed the finger of blame for the WannaCry attack in May 2017 at Lazarus, a North Korean hacking team. The… Read more »

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Cyberattacks now a top three global threat

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Forget nuclear war, terrorism, and climate change. According to the World Economic Forum, the three greatest threats to mankind are natural disasters, extreme weather and, you guessed it, cyberattacks. With so many aspects of modern day existence dependent on the Internet, the WEF’s Global Risks Report for 2018 cites ransomware… Read more »

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Lack of hospital cybersecurity puts patients at risk

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There’s probably no mention of malware in the Hippocratic Oath. However, malicious software is now posing as much of a threat to patient’s lives as a hospital superbug or a slip of the scalpel. While doctors battle to restore their charges to good health, their efforts are being under mined… Read more »

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Microsoft tightens security on old OS

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In response to the WannaCry attack in April, Microsoft has issued critical security updates for previously unsupported operating systems such as Windows XP and Server 2003. While the tech colossus releases regular security updates as part of its Patch Tuesday, this is the first time it has made the updates… Read more »

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WannaCry was only the beginning

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Sounding like something out of a John Le Carre novel, the Shadow Brokers are the mysterious hacking group that powered the recent crippling WannaCry attack. Believed to have connections with senior government in Russia, the Shadow Brokers are seen as one the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous cyberattack teams. Security… Read more »

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WannaCry cyberattack holds the world to ransom

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The recent well-publicised WannaCry global cyberattack is believed to be the largest so far, infecting over 200,000 computers across 150 countries with ransomware. As previously reported by many news outlets (and subsequently on this blog), ransomware is big business, and incidents have increased dramatically over the past few years. It… Read more »

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Fasthosts customers locked out of backup system

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Customers of British internet services provider Fasthosts had to go without access to their backed-up data for up to six days, due to the web hosting company’s panicky reaction to the WannaCry attack. Fasthost was concerned that clients’ online data stored on its unsupported Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was potentially… Read more »

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