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November 4, 2016

Computer Virus Cancels Hundreds of Scheduled Surgeries in the UK

A computer virus has paralyzed three hospitals in the UK forcing them to cancel hundreds of scheduled surgeries, as it targeted computers of the National Health Service (NHS). Healthcare facilities located near Lincolnshire, in the east, were the most affected.

Several medical institutions in the region share the same IT system, in order to improve the quality of provided services. To detect, isolate and eliminate the virus, hospital tech security personnel were forced to shut down the system.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, an institution that coordinates medical services, classified the attack as a “major incident”, even though it did not [...]

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February 2, 2016

Password-Stealing Virus Proves Hard to Kill on Windows XP

A computer virus that targeted and successfully infected systems at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia –over two weeks ago – continues to relent on targeted Windows XP systems.

The Qbot virus is a strain of malware that is known to attack banking systems and capture keystrokes, like a key-logger program. Qbot or Qakbot was first discovered in 2009 and has routinely known to infect Windows machines. Affected versions range from Windows XP to Windows 7.

While it’s easy to dismiss the malware as one to affect legacy systems, zero-day exploits are still rife with Windows XP, even more-so after Microsoft recently discontinued support for the operating system.

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January 21, 2015

Oak Ridge Cyber Security Technology Hyperion Offers More Powerful Malware Detection

R&K Cyber Solutions has licensed Hyperion, a cyber security technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which can detect malware by looking inside an executable program to determine the software’s behavior without using its source code or running the program. The Hyperion technology, which has been under development for a decade, offers more comprehensive scanning capabilities than existing cyber security methods.

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