Ransomware Continues to Impact Health Care

Remember when Obama said computerizing medical records would be such a good idea. U.S. and Australian Hospitals Targeted by New Ransomware Attacks.

Three hospitals in Alabama and seven in Victoria, Australia have been hit with ransomware. Some are not accepting new patients. Some are reverting to manual procedures.

In a related bit of news, a California clinical group is closing its offices because they can’t recover patient records.

In related news, following another ransomware attacks from early August, Californian medical practice Wood Ranch Medical announced on September 18 that it will be closing offices on December 17 because of the extensive loss of patient healthcare records.

Their “backup server” was online, so it too, was encrypted. Having a separate copy of your data is NOT ENOUGH. How many times do people need to be told that before they’ll listen? Well, if they don’t listen to this advice at this point, then they never will. And my level of sympathy for people playing in traffic was exhausted decades ago.

So I can’t decide if Obama and Company saying how great things would be when all medical records are computerized counts as politicians pretending to be engineers (or computer scientists), or if it just evidence of colossal arrogance. From my POV, having all the records on computers, that the doctors won’t pay to secure, hasn’t made things better. I’m sure the hackers LOVE the fact that all those records are computerized. And poorly secured. You could think Obama has some interest in the hacking, but that would be giving him too much credit for understanding what encryption can do. Smartest President Ever™

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Defend Yourself In Australia, Get Charged With Murder

Because you are supposed to depend on the state, even for the things they can’t provide. Are Australian laws protecting criminals from home invasions?.

A guy attacks a woman in her own home. Neighbor comes to her defense. The attacker dies. The neighbor is arrested for murder.

Russell Harrison in Melbourne. The local community regarded him as a hero for rescuing his neighbour from a violent home invader – but the police didn’t see it that way.

Russell was shocked when he discovered what was happening. “When they did my fingerprints I watched them type it in, it said ‘Murder’ and I said, ‘What?'”

He was throwing shade on the cops’ ability to protect people. Even though they really don’t have that ability.

Russell believes the law was wrong in this instance. “In the States, if you are defending yourself against a home intruder and they end up dead, so sorry, that’s your right to defend yourself. You need to be able to defend yourself, defend someone else and defend your property without the fear of prosecution from the police.”

Not gonna happen in Australia.

How Organizations Should Respond to Hackers

But so seldom do. Electronic medical records locked down as cyber-hackers target hospitals. This is about an Australian medical group.

The IT system across Eastern Health, which manages hospitals such as Box Hill and Maroondah, has been the target of a mystery cyber attack.
The security threat was immediately detected two weeks ago – and electronic medical records were locked down to prevent any breach of patient data.

The threat was identified, contained, and there was no impact to the clients. So props to Eastern Health. At least for today.

For the other side of the equation consider the aircraft-parts manufacturer hit 2 weeks ago. Asco closure after cyber-attack to last another week.

Asco, the Zaventem-based company that makes aircraft parts, will now remain closed at least until 28 June, following a cyber-attack two weeks ago.

Rebuilding/restoring systems “is taking longer than foreseen.” Now this might be in part to the forensic analysis that is ongoing.

Don’t Believe the Polls – Australian Edition

Remember how the polls said there was no chance Hilary could lose the 2016 election? Well they’ve done it again. This time in Australia. The expert who predicted Trump, Brexit – and Scott Morrison

The referenced article, or any of the others on the Australian elections, isn’t really of interest. What is of interest is the polling was wrong. Completely wrong. Again.

Despite trailing in every major poll for three years, the Coalition retained power on Saturday night and could yet form majority government.

With polling and betting markets missing the mark, experts are increasingly turning to social media to judge voter sentiment on a larger scale.

And with the crackdown on conservative thought by Big Social Media, even that will be hard to pin down.

So the next time some talking head, or politician, says that X percent of the population favors their latest Big Government power grab, ask them about 2016, or Australia.

So I’ve been trying to figure out how polling companies can get so much wrong. So I went looking for their methodology. Pew Research was my first (and only) stop. What I found is inexplicable. Trump’s Staunch GOP Supporters Have Roots in the Tea Party: Methodology.

This isn’t the only piece of Pew’s methodology I looked at. And what I saw wasn’t 100 percent uniform, but a whole bunch of what I saw, fell into this pattern.

The ATP [Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel] is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults recruited from landline and cellphone random-digit-dial surveys.

They will determine that 312-555-12XX is in a particular part of the Chicago area (for example) and dial random digits. They do similar calling for blocks of numbers that are cellphones. I can’t think of a more self-selecting group to answer questions. If you “randomly” call my number, and you aren’t in my contacts list, I’m going to assume you are the credit fraud scammer, and ignore the call. (Anyone with real business will leave a message.) If Pew research left a message – which I don’t believe they do, but I’m not 100 percent clear on that – I wouldn’t call them back. Would you?

Maybe dialing people randomly could have worked back in the dark ages, before answering machines, but with caller ID and voicemail, and the proliferation of scams, who answers a call from an unknown number?

And this isn’t a poll from the dark ages. This is from a document published in 2019, based on group recruited to be on this panel in 2014 and 2015.

Polls in which the surveyed population is a self-selecting sample are not usually too good. People who will answer random calls from unknown numbers. People who will agree to work with Pew for years out. I don’t know anyone, of any political affiliation, that I think would fall into a group like this. Random sample? Not hardly.

And then I’m still a fan of Mike Royko’s call to lie to exit pollsters, from 1984.

But he said if enough voters lie, ‘The entire nation will be treated to one of the finest evenings of television viewing since the tube was unleashed.

‘As the evening wears on and the actual votes are counted, we will see Dan become more and more wild-eyed. We’ll see Peter hyperventilating. And even Davie will look like he is fully awake. And they’ll all be stammering about how ‘goodness, something seems to have gone wrong.’

Surprisingly good description of what happened in 2016, even if the players had changed.

Australia’s View of Self-defense in the USA

Countries that don’t allow their citizens much in the way of self-defense, are fascinated by what goes on in the US. More the UK than Australia or New Zealand, but in this instance we have Australia.

On April 22nd, there was a self-defense shooting in Seattle. The shooting happened while the homeowner was on the line with 911. Details of the shooting are at this link, and details relating to the release of the 911 call are at this link.

But the reaction in Australia… Deadly home invasion captured on 911 call.

They do a fair job describing the original event, but they seems shocked by a couple of things.

Seconds later a volley of gun shots can be heard in which a 29-year-old unarmed suspect was killed.

The home owner tells the operator: “I just had to shoot.”

Police say the man will not be charged over the incident.

Self-defense for homeowner facing a home-invader at 2 in the morning. Maybe it isn’t fair to say that they are shocked he won’t be charged. But they are covering a relatively minor story from Seattle. It’s not like this was front page news in the WaPo or NYT.

Prosecutors Hate Self-defense – Australian Edition.

Or “Self-defence” as they would have it Down Under. When will self-defence in a home invasion get you in trouble with the law?.

He was charged with the Australian version of assault, but won at trial.

The charge stemmed from a night in February 2017 when Mr Denigan shot a man in the leg on his rural Darwin property.

Prosecutors argued his actions had not been in self-defence, but Mr Denigan’s lawyers successfully argued to the contrary.

Because you must be completely dependent on the State for EVERYTHING. Including your personal safety, even in those situations where it is clear they are so far away, they would be of no use. That’s assuming you can call them before bad things happen.

Self-defense is a human-right, even if they bureaucrats would prefer that it wasn’t

$140 Per Day Electricity Cost in Australia

Because renewables. Nearly a billion dollars for electricity for just one day — $500 per family. That $140 (Aus) is per capita, so if you live by yourself, you might pay more. And 1 Australian dollar is 72 cents US, at the current exchange rate.

For South Australians, Thursday’s electricity bill was $140 per person. (So each household of four just effectively lost $565.) In both these states those charges will presumably be paid in future price rises, shared unevenly between subsidized solar users and suffering non-solar hostages. The costs will be buried such that duped householders will not be aware of what happened. Coles and Woolworths will have to add a few cents to everything to cover their bills, and the government will have to cut services or increase taxes. No one will know how many jobs are not offered or opportunities lost. This is the road to Venezuela. [My emphasis, Z-Deb]

Which seems to be the road that all the Left wants to be on.

How did Australia (Victoria in particular) end up here? Well, let’s look at an article from Victoria’s Herald Sun: VICTORIANS SWEAT THROUGH A GREAT GREEN HOAX. The story starts out with reiterating the usual Green mantra:

Lily D’Ambrosio, Victoria’s warmist Minister for Energy, in 2017 claimed Labor was helping to “deliver affordable, sustainable and renewable energy”.

Turns out, it is none of those things.

Affordable? Victoria actually had wholesale power prices hit $14,500 per megawatt hour – when prices used to average less than $40.

Sustainable? Wind power generators on Thursday delivered a feeble 3.8 per cent of the state’s power, thanks to fickle winds. They could not deliver when needed most.

Reliable? Victoria – which helped drive the giant Hazelwood coal-fired generator out of business – ran short of electricity in the heat wave, and suffered blackouts that hit 200,000 homes and premises, even after it ordered big power users like the Portland smelter to shut down.

And just for perspective, consider that people with health problems can be really impacted by blackouts. Oxygen concentrators stop working, and people have to switch to backup tanks. Which means a caregiver had better be present, and someone needs to be managing the backup supply – if blackouts are frequent occurrence. Even a lack of air-conditioning can be hard on the infirm. Insulin has been made shelf-stable, so the loss of refrigeration doesn’t impact diabetics the way it used to, but there are probably some medicines that need to be temperature controlled. (Should we talk about the use of diesel generators?)

The green contingent often downplay the economic realities, but a 36,000 percent increase in the wholesale cost of power, means you have just destroyed your economy. No one voted for that. Could you afford a $3000/month electric bill? Evey month? Most people can’t. Those who can, probably have to means to move elsewhere.

Why does Victoria, sitting on hundreds of years of supply of coal and big gas reserves, have an electricity system that can no longer deliver enough electricity?

In a word, Renewables. (Hat tip to Ice Age Now, and Pirate’s Cove.)