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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 1:29 pm 
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SF author Charles Stross has a blog post showing why the recent global malware attack would be too silly for fiction (while incidentally giving a decent summary of what happened):
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-st ... etter.html

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<chortles> I tend to disagree with Ernst Stavro's assessment though - it's all too plausible!

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Here's a clipping from Private Eye, from 18 April 2014 - a mere three years ago:

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:36 am 
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the US Navy still has 100,000 computers running XP.
http://fortune.com/2015/06/24/navy-micr ... indows-xp/

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The UK's Trident submarines run on a version of XP called - really - "Windows for Submarines":

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... er-warfare

Now, granted, they're not connected to the internet (probably: this is the UK Armed Forces we're talking about here, so there's really no level of stupidity that can be confidently ruled out) - but then again, neither were the Iranian centrifuges that were hit by the Stuxnet worm. And a recent Navy whistleblower reported that security at Faslane was lower than the average nightclub …

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... appen.html

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Before and after:

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Ha!

Here's El Reg, from 3 February this year:

Sophos update borks systems at London NHS trust
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The security of NHS systems is becoming a growing cause of concern because of their continuing reliance on obsolete Windows XP systems, the rise of ransomware attacks in hospitals worldwide and other factors.

Nearly half (45 per cent) of NHS trusts scan for application vulnerabilities just once a year, with less only 8 per cent doing so on a daily basis. The figures comes from a series of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to 36 hospital trusts by application security firm Veracode. It warns that failure to regularly check for problems leaves patient data at risk of cyberattacks through legacy websites and third-party plugins.

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