The World Is In The Very Best Of Hands

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Reuters;

A global cyberattack leveraging hacking tools widely believed by researchers to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency hit international shipper FedEx, disrupted Britain's health system and infected computers in dozens of other countries on Friday.

Russian cyber security software maker Kaspersky Lab said its researchers had observed more than 45,000 attacks in 74 countries as of early Friday, although it expected the numbers to increase.

British hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients because their computers were infected by a pernicious new form of "ransomware" that rapidly spread across the globe, demanding payments of as much as $600 to restore access and scrambling data.

I figured we were doomed the day someone thought it was a good idea to let the internet into power plants.

Whoops! Nearly forgot this one: Secrets of a code breaking supercomputer found on an unsecured NYU server.


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Security isn't important, until it is.

Outside of actual signals intelligence agencies, I don't think there's a single company on the planet that takes even the most basic of computer security precautions.

They should have used Captcha codes!
HURST Rail

They got the internet on computers now.

Al Gore, inventor of the Internet, was unavailable for comment . . .

Running XP isn't uncommon. A lot of specialty software, especially medical software, didn't run properly on Vista. You don't replace something that is working just because Microsoft wants you to buy the latest. Still, you have to be extra special careful with out-of-support operating systems. It makes me long for the days of Netware.

i have an old machine running xp. i kept adding memory until it settled down. when it came home from work (where there was a firewall) the rj45 was unplugged. that was 5 years ago and it still purrs like a kitten. it will never be connected again.
re the nhs; that's just the tiny version of venezuela; everything run down or broken.

I guess the folks at the Windows Technical Department don't need to phone you first any more.

"I figured we were doomed the day someone thought it was a good idea to let the internet into power plants."

Racist!!! You can't discriminate against the folks that need their p0rn at work.

Here is the Microsoft statement on this.

Microsoft release statement on massive worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack

A massive ransomware attack is currently spreading like a tsunami around the world, hitting high profile targets like UK’s National Health Service and disabling Spain’s Telefonica carrier.

The attack appears to exploit a hole patched by Microsoft in a critical update in March 2017, encrypting important data documents on PCs which have not been patched.

Now  Microsoft has released an official statement on the matter on Friday, saying:
“Today our engineers added detection and protection against new malicious software known as Ransom:Win32.WannaCrypt. In March, we provided a security update which provides additional protections against this potential attack. Those who are running our free antivirus software and have Windows Update enabled, are protected. We are working with customers to provide additional assistance.”

The exploit is believed to have been created by the NSA and was made public by the Shadowbrokers who discovered a trove of NSA hacking tools.

Patched computers were protected, but unfortunately many large organisations, such as the NHS, are slow to apply patches to all PCs, and some even run operating systems such as Windows XP which is no longer supported and will therefore never be patched.


This isn't the first one of its kind. Nearly 30 years ago, there was this, which made headlines at the time:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_worm

A lot of specialty software is written by idiots who have no idea how to write software. Any software written correctly, to the published Windows APIs pre-Vista, will run fine on Vista. At worst you might have to invoke the compatibility layer. Any software that can't even run correctly under the compatibility layer was a disaster waiting to happen in the first place.

The primary reason software didn't work on Vista wasn't because Microsoft wanted people to buy a new version, it was because Vista actually enforced all the security models that were previously optional. And the primary reason Vista did that was the number of people bitching about XP's poor and easily circumvented security model resulting in constant virus and malware infections.

You don't get to bitch about XP being a security dumpster fire and then complain when your insecure software doesn't work on a more secure version of Windows.

As for the NHS...I don't know what it's like in the UK, but here in Canada the hospitals are where the dregs of the IT profession end up. The only worse sector is the public schools.

Daniel, I'm one of those idiots who writes specialty software and I believe you have the wrong scape goat. It is not this type of software that is causing security problems. It is the outdated and unmaintained operating system.

Hospitals are especially vulnerable because a) they have strict budgets and allocate most of their resources to salaries, rarely upgrading their computer systems and b) they are run by people who don't anything about computer systems so inevitably someone's best friend or a relative ends up looking after the server.

Operating systems need constant updating and it's not because of the Windows API. It's because hackers are constantly trying to break into Windows-based computers.

Final thought - of all the people hacked by ransomware, how many of them clicked on a link first? Get rid of the clickers, get rid of the hacking.

paper and ink is an excellent medium for doing business.

"I figured we were doomed the day someone thought it was a good idea to let the internet into power plants."

Yup. I often think the same thing when I hear of all these hacks into all our critical infrastructure. Even our water supply is at the mercy of some pimple faced Antifa hacker loser. I mean society made out just fine delivering potable water before the advent of computers. This just isn't going to end well is it?

There are so many of us that criticize the Ontario Liberals for wasting billions on systems like E-Health that never work. I for one am congratulating Wynne and McGuilty for their obviously planned method of not implementing these systems and saving us all from this disaster.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4502248/Why-NHS-prepared-global-cyber-hack.html

I wonder, at what point does having Windows, or using Office, start to become a business detriment?


Basically, 90% of all security problems worldwide in all of recorded history start with Microsoft.


At what point do CEOs become rational? When do they start saying "we will not award a contract to any organization that has a Windows machine on their network"? When do businesses start dumping all MS software? When do the start firing people who are charter members of the "Microsoft Everything" cult?


If it's from MS, regardless of what you paid, or how good you think you are, or your firewall rules, or your sandboxing, it's in the open. Full stop. No exceptions. No sympathy for you morons who have refused to see reality for whatn 30 years now? You trusted Microsoft, so get bent and you deserve whatever is coming.

It is not this type of software that is causing security problems. It is the outdated and unmaintained operating system.

The point I was responding to was that the poorly written hackjob wouldn't run on Vista, so therefore it was totes fine to keep running it on Windows XP because Microsoft is evil, or something. If you're getting hacked because you're running an old outdated OS, the reason you're still running that old outdated OS matters.

I wonder, at what point does having Windows, or using Office, start to become a business detriment?

Oh look, the loontards have shown up.

MicroSnot creates flawed software On PURPOSE. What would happen if MicroSnot were to make a secure flawless OS?
That would be the end of a growth industry predicated upon selling BS software better than the last BS OS offering.

Me?! I'm not sure whether MS just creates security weak software on purpose, or MicroSnot is incompetent after 25 years(a quarter of a century) or most of the malware is created by current or former MS employees, of whether MS is behind the anti-virus companies who create malware to generate revenue, but ... I am of the opinion that A-Holes like Daniel Ream are full of shit when it comes to his position that security breaches are the fault of Customers who Paid Good Money for BAD Product which was RIDDELED with BAD CODE that allowed product to be hacked or infected with WORMS/VIRUSES/TROJANS or even substandard apps just because they didn't upgrade a PURPOSELY FLAWED PRODUCT in the first place.

NO NO NO NO

I REJECT that any of these troubles are the fault of the customer who has paid GOOD MONEY for BAD PRODUCT.

The customer has worked hard and honestly for their money. MicroSnot has worked hard to monopolize the sale of OS systems on computer sales at the retail level. The onus of delivering a Finished Quality Secure Product is on MicroSnot First and Last, not on the recipients of a FLAWED security riddled MicroSnot POS product.

The very least MicroSnot can do is produce QUALITY OS product. MicroSNot has NEVER done so and will never do so if apologists like Daniel Reams get their way.
Shame on you, Daniel Reams. Don't you ever pretend you are a conservative who understands that working people should get value for their money.

I'm sorry, now the loontards have shown up.

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