Cyber attackers hit Westminster forcing security chiefs to shut down access to MP’s emails

A CYBER attack has been launched on Westminster forcing security chiefs to shut down email systems. Officials confirmed hackers had targeted Parliament so they took the action earlier today. A Parliamentary Spokesman told the Sun Online: “The Houses of Parliament have discovered unauthorised attempts to access parliamentary user accounts. “We are continuing to investigate this […]
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    I'm heading into the postgraduate phase of my Computer Science-oriented studies, and I can't put my finger on what this root means. According to Etymology Online it comes from Cybernetics, which in turn comes from the greek for "Helmsman" and is the study of governation or governing systems. But modern usage, such as cyberspace, cybercafe, cyberattack, cyberterrorism, cybermosque, cybersex, cyberbullying, and such seem to use it synonymously with "Internet" Of course, you could argue that you use a cybercafe to interact with a primitive virtual governor, a cyberspace is a place where a lot of virtual governors "reside", while cyberattacks try to disrupt these governors. But cyberbullying and "cybering" really don't fit into that scheme, unless you were to day that cyberbullying is "bullying by relaying domineering or intimidating messages with the help of a governor." but then again "physics" could be a governor. You shout mean things into the air and physics makes sure your overbearing soundwaves propagate to your target. Bo that would mean that pretty much everything is cyber-, because everything is controlled by something. The rational middle ground would be for "cyber-" to now mean "internet," unless it is followed by a greek or latin root, in which case it would mean "control systems" Is it safe to assume this?
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    Cyber attackers hit Westminster forcing security chiefs to shut down access to MP’s emails
    A CYBER attack has been launched on Westminster forcing security chiefs to shut down email systems. Officials confirmed hackers had targeted Parliament so they took the action earlier today. A Parliamentary Spokesman told the Sun Online: “The Houses of Parliament have discovered unauthorised attempts to access parliamentary user accounts. “We are continuing to investigate this […]
    In 2001 the NHS entered into a licensing deal with Microsoft, ignoring the advice of some of its own IT specialists that had recommended investing in Linux instead. Concerns about the vulnerability of NHS computer systems to cyber-attack have been expressed since at least 2016. NHS computer systems have been subject to cyber attacks of which one in May 2017 was notable. NHS computers have been vulnerable because a minority still use or used Windows XP, an outdated system that originated in 2001, and one which Microsoft stopped supporting with security patches. Complacency among NHS staff and among government departments that pay for computer security are blamed. Unless systems are upgraded, more cyber attacks are feared. Dr David Wrigley of the British Medical Association said, “It’s been known about for years, that the software isn’t up to date across the NHS, so it’s not unpredictable that this situation should have arisen. But it’s disappointing that funding hasn’t been given to upgrade the system. It needs urgent action by politicians.”

    I like to think of the first problem--getting on to the Internet--by remembering what it was like using an "alternative" long distance service before the breakup of the Bell monopoly. People who used the alternative carriers had to dial all sorts of access codes--very often a local access number, a credit card number, a security code, *and* the number of the party they were calling. They knew that whatever came after that was going to be easier.