Laptops for sale
There is an interesting twist to our health service saga.
I presume that everyone knows that the Health Service Executive system was hacked and encoded by hackers demanding a ransom?
The story had a few weird twists, where for example the hackers published the decryption key. The HSE denied paying any ransom which was strange.
Anyhows, the HSE has spent the last few weeks trying to clean up the entire health network. Slowly, bits of it are coming back on-line. But yesterday there was another new twist –
HSE may have to replace 30,000 laptops as a result of cyber attack.
What the fuck?
All they have to do is wipe the hard disk and reload the software. Granted that’s a bit of a nuisance but replacing them is a bit drastic, not to mention really fucking expensive.
But then it transpires that a load of their PCs were running Windoze XP. It’s no fucking wonder they were hacked! Support for that heap of junk ended seven years ago. But apparently they had to stick with it because of “compatibility” problems with other machinery such as scanners and X-ray machines.
Has anyone got a spare copy of WIndoze XP for them to load onto 30,000 laptops?
I remember reading about some really nasty malware which can hide in/on the motherboard and then replicate itself after the O/S is reinstalled, AND the BIOS has been re-flashed.
Pretty sure I've got one somewhere…
I have heard of a virus or two that can infect the BIOS but I doubt the current infection was one of those. According to everyone I have heard, it was a straightforward ransomware attack which just screws up all the files.
I've still got source disks (floppies) for Win95 – any takers?
PS: it's just as shit as the latest crap out of Seattle.
I'll take 'em!!
Has anyone got a spare floppy drive?
Try eBay. You can still get them there.
It's a scam. One of Boris' mates has over-ordered 30,000 lap tops and wants to shift them quick at a big profit.
It wouldn't surprise me. Boris can ask whatever price he wants – they'll pay it. It's only [taxpayers'] money after all.
I have a copy of XP as well as a copy of SP3 to upgrade it once installed but also a copy of Office XP. Both include the activation codes. I wonder what the HSE would give me for them?
At least half a million. They throw money around like it's water.
On second thoughts, make it a round million. They think the higher the price, the higher the quality.
Good. If you can get in touch with them for me I'll split the payment with you, 50/50. I'm sure you could use a half million? A quarter million even?