Russia & China Attacking Healthcare and Local Government Computer Networks

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Russia & China Attacking Healthcare and Local Government Computer Networks

I work for a small county ambulance service in Meade County Kentucky. We neighbor next door to Ft. Knox, actually we have some of Ft. Knox post in our county.

We have a IT guy that works part time for the county And does some IT work on Knox. Back when the Covid 19 hit, our computer systems for the EMS charting and our 911 systems were constantly going down.

We were talking and he told me that the Chinese had increased their cyber war attacks by double and were now hitting local governments causing chaos. Today I asked him the same question because our 911 and local computers/servers have been hacked multiple times this week. He said this had been the worse week yet here and at Fort Knox.

We need to remember our computer security and all the coordinated attacks going on. Be safe!

How can you determine where a internet attack is coming from? There are many forensic tools available – one methodology, simplified, is to trace the route of the information (network packets) that are received and sent from and to the source. It is similar to looking at your car route GPS history. Enemy states ( everyone country in the world) spy on every one. They spy from many difference locations, with various means, that always changes.

This is the reality of the state of the art – the state of technology of the world. We have various ‘edge’ protections on our border fiber optics and satellite – but internal threats are even worse since they are already in the country. This is why the Chinese company, Huawei and Futurewei were put on notice. Futurewei in Silicon Valley has extensive spy and surveillance equipment on site guarded by armed security.

Citizens do not really get it. There is a cold war 24/7 online. Every millisecond. Information is collected, vulnerabilities being scanned for, breaches happening every second. This is happening world wide in every company. Everyone does it to everyone because they have to.

5 thoughts on “Russia & China Attacking Healthcare and Local Government Computer Networks

  1. Is there anything we as the average American can do to protect our computers?
    Thanks,
    Sal

    1. Tips to protect your computer
      MS Windows
      https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4092060/windows-keep-your-computer-secure-at-home

      Apple Mac
      https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/keep-mac-computer-secure/

      Use a firewall
      Windows 10 and Windows 8 have a firewall already built in and automatically turned on.

      Keep all software up to date
      Make sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update to keep Windows, Microsoft Office, and other Microsoft applications up to date. Turn on automatic updates for non-Microsoft software as well, especially browsers, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and other apps you regularly use.

      Use antivirus software and keep it current
      If you run Windows 10 or Windows 8, you have Windows Security or Windows Defender Security Center already installed on your device.

      Make sure your passwords are well-chosen and protected
      To learn how, see Protect your passwords.

      Don’t open suspicious attachments or click unusual links in messages.
      They can appear in email, tweets, posts, online ads, messages, or attachments, and sometimes disguise themselves as known and trusted sources.

      Browse the web safely
      Avoid visiting sites that offer potentially illicit content. Many of these sites install malware on the fly or offer downloads that contain malware. Use a modern browser like Microsoft Edge, which can help block malicious websites and prevent malicious code from running on your computer.

      Stay away from pirated material
      Avoid streaming or downloading movies, music, books, or applications that do not come from trusted sources. They may contain malware.

      Do not use USBs or other external devices unless you own them
      To avoid infection by malware and viruses, ensure that all external devices either belong to you or come from a reliable source.

      Protect your personal information online
      Your privacy on the internet depends on your ability to control both the amount of personal information that you provide and who has access to that information. Find out how to protect your privacy on the internet.

      Protect yourself from scams
      When you read email, use social media, or browse the web, you should be wary of scams that try to steal your personal information (also known as identity theft), your money, or both. Many of these scams are known as “phishing scams” because they “fish” for your information. Find out how to protect yourself from phishing scams and avoid tech support scams.

      Prevent and remove malware
      One important step toward greater workplace security is to protect your computer against malware.

      Windows Security
      Windows Security (or Windows Defender Security Center in previous versions of Windows 10) is built in to Windows 10 and Windows 8 and provides real-time malware detection, prevention, and removal with cloud-delivered protection. It is intended for home, small business, and enterprise customers. For more info, see Help protect my computer with Windows Security.

      Other ways to remove malware
      To assist all Windows customers, including those who are not running Windows Security, Microsoft provides Microsoft Defender Offline.

  2. I would add to this the tiktok app. It is just another way for the Chinese government to collect data on people (not just USA) to gain some advantage. With their face recognition software already in place inside of China I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re already collecting facial recognition data from apps like tiktok

    1. they have a whole lot of ugly to sort through then. it better be AI or there will be a lot of blind chinese people.
      facial and ass recognition.

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