German woman death post-cyber-attack blocking servers - A woman dies in Germany after a cyber attack blocked the servers of the hospital where she was waiting for treatment.
Cybercrime also causes deaths. A woman has died in Germany after a computer attack blocked the servers of the University Hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he was being treated. This has been warned by local media and the specialized cybersecurity portal Bleeping Computer.
According to AP, the woman was in a critical situation and needed immediate surgery. The computer problem caused by the cyberattack forced doctors and health workers at the Medical Center to transfer this person to another hospital in the nearby city of Wuppertal, 32 kilometers away. She could be taken care of an hour late, but by then it was too late. He passed away shortly afterwards.
As a result of the incident, German prosecutors are investigating whether behind this computer attack they can report a case of manslaughter. Cybercriminals took advantage of a vulnerability in a commercial tool widely used around the world, according to Bleeping Computer, which had already received a patch to close its hole last January.
The attack on the Düsseldorf Hospital was operated on with ransomware. This type of attack inoculates in the networks of its victims a malicious program that encrypts all the files and blocks the servers. To return to normal, cyberattack targets have to pay a ransom-usually via cryptocurrencies-to receive a password to disable the attack.
German woman death post-cyber-attack blocking servers
Once the attack was detected in the hospital, the police contacted the cybercriminals —through the ransom note itself -. The agents explained to the computer criminals that their attack was affecting a hospital, not Heinrich Heine University, which was apparently the initial target. The agents also warned that the attack had put lives at risk.
Cybercriminals reacted by sending the hospital the password with which the center could return to normal. But it was too late. The center has been regaining normality since then, and researchers have concluded that no personal information has been stolen, according to Bleeping Computer.
The death of this woman in Germany from a cyber attack is the most serious consequence of cybercrime in times of pandemic. Last March, the same editor of Bleeping Computer, Lawrence Abrams, published a report after contacting several of the collectives that operate the most popular ransomware attacks, such as DoppelPaymer, Maze or Nefilim —the names of some of these programs -.
Then many of these cybercriminals warned that they were not attacking hospitals or medical centers. However, during the pandemic several Spanish hospitals have suffered computer-like incidents, and the proprietary firm of Chironsalud suffered a major computer attack with ransomware.
End of German woman death post-cyber-attack blocking servers
U.S. will go on to ban TikTok and WeChat from this Sunday
TikTok and WeChat will be blocked this Sunday in the United States by President Donald Trump. Since the government have not found, for the moment, guarantees in the previous agreement between ByteDance, parent of TikTok, and Oracle; nor in relation to the continuation of the usual operations with the Chinese platform par excellence.
This was announced on Friday morning by the U.S. Department of Commerce, according to a press release. This would mean the blocking of both apps from Google and Apple stores from next Sunday, September 20. New downloads of any of the services would therefore be prevented.
"Today's actions demonstrate once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to ensure our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party," said Department Secretary Wilbur Ross.
"Under the president's leadership, we have taken significant steps to combat China's malicious collection of personal data from U.S. citizens, while promoting our national values, rule-based democratic norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations."
The prohibited actions that are contemplated from the first moment are listed in the following two points:
- Any provision of service to distribute or maintain WeChat or TikTok mobile apps, constituent code or app updates through a US online mobile app store.
- Any provision of services through the WeChat mobile app in order to transfer funds or process payments within the US.
Under the initial premises, those who have the TikTok application already downloaded-or do it before Sunday-can continue to use it. The same will not happen with WeChat, for which additional measures are proposed, which will reach the social network of videos a few weeks later, on November 12. With them, the United States seeks to tighten the siege definitively to prevent its operation.
Additional measures against TikTok and WeChat are the following prohibitions:
- Any provision of internet hosting services that allows the operation or optimization of the mobile application in the USA.
- Any provision of content delivery network services that allows the operation or optimization of the mobile application in the USA.
- Any services contracted or arranged directly for internet transit or peering services that enable the function or optimization of the mobile application within the US.
- Any use of the Constituent code, functions or services of the mobile application in the operation of software or services developed and / or accessible within the United States.
However, the extension of the deadline for TikTok leaves open the doors to a new resolution in agreement with Oracle that will be able to satisfy the president's requirements. If so, they warn, the restrictions could be lifted.