LulzSec warn NHS over poorly guarded systems, NHS say they’re not worried and have AVG Free installed

LulzSec Logo

LulzSec

It’s hard to ignore the shear uprising of hacking related activity in the past weeks. PlayStation Network being the most notable, being crippled for a month and disabling online activity for many millions of PlayStation 3 units around the world. Then came the onslaught of Sony’s other websites and networks.

Then came the rest of the attacks. Let’s take a quick rundown of the hacking that has taken place by LulzSec over the past month:

  • Fox.com (user passwords stolen)
  • Sony Music Japan
  • PBS (user passwords stolen)
  • Sony Pictures (user information)
  • CIA
  • Nintendo.com

Just yesterday, LulzSec have published 20,000 email addresses and passwords to the public, giving the average user access details to Facebook accounts, GMail accounts, PayPal to name just a few… these are the type of people we are dealing with here.

The NHS was recently sent an email from LulzSec (click the link to the left to view) regarding discovered security holes in their network – and the NHS turned them away when they wanted to help.
While you aren’t considered an enemy – your work is of course brilliant – we did stumble upon several of your admin passwords

LulzSec go on to say:
We mean you no harm and only want to help you fix your tech issues

In a response from the NHS:
This is a local issue affecting a very small number of website administrators. No patient information has been compromised. No national NHS information systems have been affected. The Department has issued guidance to the local NHS about how to protect and secure all their information assets.

Jesus fucking Christ. What a bog-standard response from some IT administrator cunt that is clearly too proud of his network to admit they have problems and accept help in plugging the holes that the NHS are exposing for all to freely abuse. This in itself shows what is wrong with the people at the “top” of the system. Similar examples of this are seen all over the news where people who are relatively high up in whatever organisation they belong to believe they think that they know everything – but in actual fact, they don’t.

What fucks me up even more, is that the NHS stated (as above):
The Department has issued guidance to the local NHS about how to protect and secure all their information assets.

I can pretty much guarantee that this is just a small email sent to all the satellite IT administrators around the country that either went totally unregarded, not taken seriously or ended up in the Junk mail box. As someone who used to work with NHS (anonymised) patient data, I know exactly how easy it is to obtain it.

LulzSec have clearly stated that they do not consider NHS to be an enemy and that their work is admired, however I hope someone in the NHS takes the polite notice about their security holes seriously… for the sake of all the unsuspecting patients that have used the NHS system, and for the sake of all the other nations in the world that are willing to pay considerable fortunes to obtain this data.

Aeroplane Food: The Culinary Taboo

I wish I could have plane food every day. Yes, you didn’t read wrong, I did just actually say that.

First Class Plane Meal

First Class Plane Meal

It upsets me every time when I hear someone talking about plane food, then followed by “Ewwww, ugh, fucking plane food. It’s so horrible. I’d rather vomit and put it in a tub, take it on the plane, then when the food comes round – say to them that it’s OK, because I brought a tub of my own vomit to eat instead of the food you are about to serve me”.

Granted, plane food is not what it used to be 20 years ago, and if your sitting in last class (economy) – the presentation isn’t going to be amazing, but it is still made to a high standard in a controlled environment by professionals who know and are qualified to make food én mass. This process is no different than it would be in, say, a mid-level restaurant or a diner chain, and is significantly more trust-able than your local Chinese takeaway, greasy spoon or Indian takeaway – not forgetting the likes of KFC and McDonald’s. My father always told me that due to the pressure and atmosphere, the large majority of passengers

Business Class Plane Meal

Business Class Plane Meal

have their taste buds affected causing them to taste less whilst in the air. Since remembering this on every flight, I’ve always enjoyed (in comparison to the negativity that is projected) plane food, reminding me of quality ready meals found in the likes of ASDA and Tesco. You’re also provided with bread, butter, fruit and a dessert.

I can understand that some people may have had bad experiences with in-flight meals, but I can’t help feel that some people are genuinely exaggerating, possibly to fit in with the crowd or their loser friends. I have the balls to tell people that plane food rocks, and that it is made with as much care and attention as other production facilities whether it be a small restaurant or a large diner.

Economy Class Plane Meal

Economy Class Plane Meal

I urge all plane food haters to watch the video below. I hope that it will change your perception of plane food, and mentally prepare you for your next flight. As mentioned the video below, all plane food is made only a few hours before the flight. Thats fresher than a ready meal.


Mauritian Surnames: Why They Mean Nothing In The Year 2011 and Beyond

Sodomy In Mauritius

Are you going to allow other Mauritians to verbally sodomise you?

The surname. It idendifies your tribe, it allows you to find others that are related to you in some way or form, and it is a required attribute to trace and build your family tree. It is also an integral part of any government which you reside or serve under.

My family background is from Mauritius. It’s where my parents were born. I was born and raised in the United Kindom. Over the years, especially since University – the first time in my life where I came into regular contact with other Mauritians, I came to realise how much Mauritian people attempt to big themselves up with their surname.

Fuck that, what is this?! The middle ages? What a pathetic concept to try and rub off onto other Britons and British Mauritians in general. The age of the surname meaning anything at all has long gone. In any modern culture, whether this be westernised or not, have moved far beyond the surname holding any meaning due to history. It is exactly that… it holds history and only history. I believe that bringing this up in modern day in order to achieve a higher status above someone else is absurd and patronising. This is exactly what I experienced at University; I was approached by a friend who recently discovered I had a Mauritian background – and almost immediately starts asking me if I have heard of the surname “blahblahblah”. This had already happened a few times, interestingly, with only Mauritian nationals living in London.

Like everyone else that has said this to me, I said “no”. They immediately proceed to bang on about how their grand dad or some member of their family built a school and how it’s extremely prestigious (probably around 8000 years ago). I stand  there, pretending to look interested, out of shear politeness and respect-  but the truth is that I want to smack them in the face, get them in a headlock and vigorously rub my knuckles against their head whilst saying “stop kidding yourself… stop kidding yourself…”.

In this day and age, respect is achieved through academic, technical and intellectual merits of achievement. They are not achieved through expecting someone to believe that what some member of someones family has built in the past (if it even happened at all). We live in an unfortunate world where the lack of immediate proof will undoubtably earn you no trust in anyone you try to fob off with the history of your Mauritian surname.

Deal with it, and move on.

Image Credit: Island Crisis