Medical Entities as targets of malware….
Another disturbing report of how malware can affect our very lives at Medical Facilities and related operations (paramedic transport etc. ) …..
Malware disables ambulance response systems
An unspecified malware variant recently disabled the automated response systems of a New Zealand-based ambulance service. The service – which provides 90% of the emergency and non-emergency …..
Well the one view is Bill Gates has ruined the world with software computers. Defenses for this type attack – intentional or otherwise – are very complex and the future holds a couple security upgrades which one is that Microsoft plans to completely dump the Windows Operating System and create an entire new one at the 25 year anniversary. The other is one towards some of my recommendations and views in security for entities I hold and have recommended – to move towards setting up their own servers and be their own ISP (Internet Service Provider like AOL, MSN, Earthlink, Juno etc) even using dimished special “web applicances” with limited access (i.e. set up for database access only etc. SEE DEFINITION http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_term/0,2542,t=Internet+appliance&i=45195,00.asp#fbid=mZ9KI5RdBTu …..as opposed to business computers . The servers would be the major investment but American upper class shareholders are to greedy most likely for profit’s sake to ever invest.
But, being their own ISP owning and operating their own servers leaves out all other internet traffic and being at the mercy of the defense abilities of the current world wide web servers and ISPs – which we plainly see are responsible for this fiasco that has occurred. YES they did have a “default” manual system they were able to fall back to very very very luckily.
QUOTED “Back-up systems immediately took over when it was detected and the workload was managed manually.”
Had it not been the medical system, no doubt the malware attack would have targeted and comprimised many personal data accounts for purposes of ID Theft and may have been the actual target of the malware but was an ooops by malware dummies.. These type attacks when intentional many times direct intentional attacks at entities and is frightening as they can move towards like the past “interstate shooters” in Maryland I think it was a couple years ago where the two, father and son, were shooting and killing people on the interstate and then called into Police to demand ransom to stop it. There is not enough Agency (internet cops) in America yet to police these things with hard sentences and even death penalties where deserved such as this one where obviously lives were put at risk by them – and all in all if death (s ) had occurred and because of them with precoignitive malice for illicit profit via murder and voluntary and involuntary manslughter.
QUOTED “Although the malware did not seem to specifically target the ambulance service, the incident is obviously not the first time a medical entity has been affected by viruses or worms.
As Sophos security expert Graham Cluley notes, the Mytob worm hit a number of London hospitals in 2008, while the Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in north Seattle was affected by a 2005 attack which shut down computers in the facility’s intensive care unit and prevented pagers from working properly. ”
BlueCollarPC.US Malware Removal / Amatuer Forensics / Since 2005