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Symantec: 1,100 NHS infected desktops

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Symantec says that it has detected botnet infections on more than 1,100 separate computers spread across multiple subnets within the UK National Health Service (NHS) network. According to a Symantec blog post, the NHS computers are infected with the Qakbot botnet (W32.Qakbot).

The security specialist says that the Qakbot botnet works by monitoring compromised systems for a variety of types of sensitive information. Once located, it uploads the stolen data to an FTP server. This information typically includes, for example, online banking details, credit card information, online search history and user credentials for social networking sites and email services.

While there is no evidence to show that any customer or patient data has been stolen, Orla Cox, Symantec security operations manager, said, "This is very much a consumer threat," adding that, "Once it gets into a corporate environment, it looks for consumer data." While the NHS has yet to make an official comment, ZDNet say that the NHS is "aware of the Symantec discoveries and is investigating the issue."

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You'd be surprised how many computers are infected with something. The typical computer user is extremely ignorant so they don't know the difference.

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LOL, I was on a site once that they showed this woman who had literally hundreds of viruses and malware on her system. Had to completely re-install the OS. Hate people who can't use computers.

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Yeah LoL. IDK, I don't think it's that they dont know how to use one... They just don't understand the security risks of what they do on a daily basis... If I don't scan my computer atleast once a week... I come back with with about 50 adware.tracker and at a minimum 2 spyware or malware... usually a W32.trojan

I think it comes with the internet territory

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A lot of people just can't be bothered either. I explain to people how important it is to run a spyware scan once a week and then install something for them. I then spend the time showing them how to use it. Do they then run it? Nope, not usually.

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Yeah, its an inconvenience and most people who are not quite as technology savvy don't understand it doesn't have to be run manually, and can be run when you're sleeping so it doesn't interfere with your daily activities.

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Yup, but in the grand scheme of things I'm glad people don't run scans of any kind because it translates into more money for me. :devilgrin:

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LoL, indeed. A friend of mine works for a company where they work with this sweet program that strips privileges from windows and allows to alter things that shouldn't be allowed to be touched, and comes with a bootable *NIX for messing around with system files... He said he could probably get me a copy. it's gonna be sweet.

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