NORTH Korea’s Wannacry cyber attack against the NHS left taxpayers with a near £100 million bill, the Department for Health revealed yesterday. Officials revealed the disruption to 80 trusts and eight per cent of GP practices in May last year which led to 19,000 appointments cancelled led to £19m in lost output during the attack and £72m in IT costs. In June the UK’s cyber boss Ciaran Martin told MPs the Wannacry attack had been a naked ploy to steal money by holding NHS chiefs to ransom. Mr Martin also warned organised criminals had built a “highly developed” market in cyber attack tools and techniques to allow a wider range of hostile countries to attack Britain. And a parliamentary committee has warned UK ministers are failing to get to grip with the shortage in cyber security experts despite the “potentially severe implications” for national security. MPs and peers said the situation is of “serious concern”, but the … [Read more...] about North Korea’s WannaCry cyber attack on the NHS cost taxpayers nearly £100million
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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said Russia could face further sanctions after it emerged Vladimir Putin’s spies tried to hack the international watchdog investigating the Salisbury nerve agent attack. British intelligence helped thwart the operation, which was launched in April, a month after the Salisbury Novichok poisoning which targeted former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Explosive details were revealed on Thursday, hours after the UK Government accused the GRU of carrying out a wave of other cyber attacks across the globe. Asked what actions, beyond words, the UK will take over Russia's cyber activity, Mr Hunt said the first action is to expose it. He added that the UK need to work with friends and allies to discuss what further sanctions could be impose and how to counter the pattern of cyber attacks. "The words matter because there are countries all over the world that are hearing both sides of the story - they're hearing what the Russians say as … [Read more...] about Russia could face further sanctions over cyber attacks, Hunt says
Opinion The East of England Energy Group SNS2018 conference. (L-R) Ian Bramson, head of strategic cyber solutions at Siemens; Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director at EDF Energy; and Kevin Magee, director of Proeon Systems. Picture: Keiron Tovell Keiron Tovell The UK’s energy infrastructure is becoming an increasingly common target for hackers, according to cyber security experts. Operational technology (or OT), often less well protected than IT systems, is one of the easier targets for cyber criminals but could have dire consequences – with attacks having the ability to slow down or stop energy generation. Speaking at the SNS2018 conference organised in Norwich by the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), Ian Bramson, head of cyber security and solutions at Siemens, said businesses have never been more dependent on their own ability to deal with cyber threats. He believes attacks on the energy industry are becoming “more frequent and more … [Read more...] about ‘You have the baddest of the bad guys after you’: Cyber threats in the energy sector
IRAN is poised to launch cyber attacks on the West “within months” in retaliation for the US pulling out of the nuclear deal, experts have warned. Those at greatest risk include banks, energy companies and government departments - the same targets hit by Iranian hacking in 2012 and 2014. Planning for such attacks was probably already underway, according to intelligence received by researchers at cyber security firm Recorded Future. They said a former Iranian state-backed hacker has claimed more than 50 operatives were now competing for government-directed cyber attacks. "Iran will likely respond quickly by launching destructive attacks on American, European, and rival nation (such as Saudi Arabia and Israel) businesses," its report said. Recorded Future expert Levi Gundert said the Iranian regime does not juts want revenge it also wants to prevent any more sanctions. "They've developed this ability over the last years and there's no reason for them not to use it now," he … [Read more...] about Iran will launch cyber attacks on the West AGAIN in revenge for Donald Trump scrapping nuke deal, security experts warn
FOLLOWING a spate of dog attacks across the UK, we take a look at Britain's most dangerous - and illegal - dogs. The official Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) bans four breeds from being owned or bred, but what is the law surrounding dangerous dogs and which breeds are affected? What is the Dangerous Dogs Act? The act specifically made four breeds of dog illegal to own, breed from, abandon or sell: the Pit Bull terrier, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentino and the Fila Braziliero. But according to the RSPCA over a third of the people killed by dogs since the act was brought in were attacked by legal breeds. The Pit Bull terrier was originally bred in England for fighting in sports such as bear bating and dog fighting which took place in a "pit". The Japanese Tosa was also bred for fighting in the Far East. Owing to Japanese dog fighting rules the animals weren't allowed to make any noise in the pit so some of these dogs are said to have been able to fight in silence. The Dogo Argentino and … [Read more...] about What are dangerous dogs, which breeds are banned in the UK and what’s the Dangerous Dogs Act?