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Digital Boys Underground Team Hits UK NHS

Databases most likely to be compromised too

This month started under bad auspices for NHS UK as its local Websites and databases are under heavy fire from the hacking team. Doncaster Medicine Management, West of Scotland Cancer Network, Palliative Care of Greater Glasgow and Clyde as well as some other databases associated with the main Web pages hosted on the nhs.uk domain are still unavailable at the moment.

While the Digital Boys aren’t actually offering any motivation for their acts, the following statement can be read on the defaced pages: “Life has betrayed me once again/I accept some things will never change”. Most of the compromised servers are hosted on Windows 2003 platforms, according to a content sharing platform holding an archive of the hacker gang’s exploits. Three months ago, the Digital Boys Underground Team attacked multiple databases hosted on the same platform, but registered to Asian domains.

Safe surfing everybody!

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Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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