Saturday, 13 May 2017

Hacked to Death?


The widespread Ransomwear attack to computer records, including some of UK hospital trusts and GP services (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/13/cyber-attack-on-nhs-sparks-bitter-election-battle) using soft-wear apparently stolen from the USA government spy teams might, at a distance, seem like a fairly victimless crime. Besides, however, delaying some hospital procedures, such tactics could seriously compromise the health of people whose information is held in the encrypted records. It would not be impossible that a few individuals might die (all for a few hundred Bitcoins). Murder by hack?

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