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Security and safety measures in response to bombing

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the events in Manchester and our deepest condolences are with the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives.

Dorset Police stand with Greater Manchester Police and other forces across the country . Public safety is our priority and we have a variety of established operational tactics that are regularly used to ensure that our local communities and businesses are both well prepared and protected.

Our aim is to reduce the risk to the public and maximise public awareness . As is normal practice, we are in touch with national anti-terrorism coordinators.

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this time there has been no change to the threat level in the UK but this is reviewed on a national basis and Dorset Police will, if necessary, respond accordingly . We regularly review intelligence and information and would like to reassure the public that at this time there is no specific threat to Dorset . The public should be alert but not alarmed.

The advice remains the same members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.

NHS cyberattack is ‘biggest ransomware outbreak in history’

Getty Images / UniversalImagesGroup / Contributor The NHS cyberattack that hit hospitals across the UK is said to have been part of the biggest ransomware outbreak in history, according to Mikko Hypponen from F-Secure. Viruses, trojans, malware, worms – what’s the difference?1

Viruses, trojans, malware, worms – what’s the difference?


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Commenting on the news, Hypponen said the Wanna Decryptor attack was unprecedented, while cyber security expert Varun Badwhar said it gave a glimpse of what a “cyber-apocalypse” would look like.

“We’ve never seen something spread this quickly in a 24-hour period across this many countries and continents,” explained Badwhar. “So it’s definitely one of those things we’ve always heard about that could happen and now we’re seeing it play out.” The NHS hack is said to be creeping across the UK with reports of the ransomware attack hitting a range of other organisations in as many as 99 countries . In a statement, NHS Digital2 confirmed a number of NHS organisations had been affected by a ransomware attack . The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor3, a spokesperson said. Subscribe to WIRED4 At this stage, we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed . We will continue to work with affected organisations to confirm this.

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Hackers use ransomware5 to infect a computer or system before holding files hostage until a ransom is paid . It can infect a computer via a trojan, virus or worm. Wanna Decryptor encrypts users files using AES and RSA encryption ciphers meaning the hackers can directly decrypt system files using a unique decryption key . Victims may be sent ransom notes with instructions in the form of !Please Read Me!.txt files, linking to ways of contacting the cybercriminals . Wanna Decryptor changes the computer’s wallpaper with messages (as seen in tweets from affected NHS sites) asking the victim to download a decryptor from Dropbox . This decryptor demands hundreds in bitcoin6 to work. Affected machines are said to have six hours to pay, and every few hours the ransom goes up. “Most folks that have paid up appear to have paid the initial $300 in the first few hours,” said Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

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They added that the attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS because it is affecting “organisations from across a range of sectors” and NHS Digital is working with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations. The NHS incident appears to be part of a global cybersecurity incident with malware spreading to multiple organisations around the world . Security firm Check Point and Avast have said there have been 75,000 attacks in 99 countries . Telefonica in Spain has been the biggest confirmed incident outside of the UK but it also reports issues in Russia, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, and Germany.

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A spokesman for the National Cyber Security Centre7 and National Crime Agency said they were responding to an “ongoing international cyber incident” and confirmed there was no indication medical data or personal information has been compromised.” The specialist cyber crime officers from the NCA and police forces are now working with hospitals to respond to the attack preserve evidence . Read their advice on protecting yourself from ransomware8. A live map9 tracking the malware has plotted thousands of incidents around the world . Although, it is not confirmed these are all the latest version of the malware . This map tracks incidents of wcrypt and reveals how many of the botnets are online, and offline, in real-time .

A Unique IP chart below the map reveals the number of new botnets coming online, and the total . As of 7.17pm BST, there were 189 new, and 1,821 total botnets (up from nine just an hour earlier.) It is said that 24 NHS organisations have been hit .

The full list is below:

  • Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Wingate Medical Centre
  • NHS Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • St Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services
  • East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sherwood Forest NHS Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Colchester General Hospital
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Morecombe Bay NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
  • NHS Hampshire Hospitals
  • Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

References

  1. ^ Viruses, trojans, malware, worms – what’s the difference? (www.wired.co.uk)
  2. ^ NHS Digital (digital.nhs.uk)
  3. ^ Wanna Decryptor (www.wired.co.uk)
  4. ^ Subscribe to WIRED (www.wired.co.uk)
  5. ^ ransomware (wired.uk)
  6. ^ bitcoin (www.wired.co.uk)
  7. ^ National Cyber Security Centre (www.wired.co.uk)
  8. ^ protecting yourself from ransomware (www.ncsc.gov.uk)
  9. ^ live map (intel.malwaretech.com)

Boozy hostel guest ‘beats security guard to death for drinking on …

A drunken hostel resident was caught on camera allegedly beating a security guard to death1 because the man was ‘drinking on duty’. The horrific incident was captured on CCTV 2in the foyer of a hostel in the Russian city of Severodvinsk. Police later arrested the 45-year-old resident who confronted the guard, 57, on his way from his room to the porch of the hostel for a cigarette.

Both men had reportedly been drinking but the resident was unhappy that the security guard was drinking in his office at the hostel when he was supposed to be on duty. The man gave the security guard a piece of his mind and then continued outside for a cigarette but the pair clashed again when he was on his way back to his room. The security guard is said to have told the younger man to mind his own business and the pair squared up to each other before the resident knocked out the guard with a single punch.

The man gave the security guard a piece of his mind A single punch knocked out the guard

The resident then stamped four times on his rival’s head before standing back to survey the damage before kicking him in the side of the head. Video shows the attacker then looked into the guard’s room before checking his pockets and walking away. The footage of the violent attack has shocked viewers after it was posted on social media.

Police 3arrested a suspect later that day.

The resident then stamped four times on his rival’s head

He has been charged with killing the security guard and faces a 15-year prison sentence if convicted. Severodvinsk is home to the main shipyard for the Russian Navy so access is restricted for foreigners. Visitors need a special pass to enter the city.

References

  1. ^ beating a security guard to death (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ CCTV (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Police (www.mirror.co.uk)