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Malware targeting Australian health sector's Windows XP devices

The Royal Melbourne Hospital has targeted by key-logging Malware, shutting down the pathology department
By: Chris Smith | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jan 20, 2016 1:31 pm

While many health, education and public utility infrastructure facilities are still running Windows XP, recent reports have come to light that Melbourne has experienced some malware issues, sending its Aussie IT team into a fixing frenzy.




The unnamed virus disabled a pathology department in a major health network just yesterday, meaning that all workers had to operate in manual mode, processing blood tissue and urine samples without technological help. The Royal Melbourne Hospital was the target of this attack, with the IT staff on hand quickly working on and implementing a solution to their issues. This infection also came with a warning to all staff - told to withhold from logging into personal accounts such as banking or emails for the time being.


While the effectiveness and capabilities of the malware have not been made public, iTnews reported that it did contain a keylogger.


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