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Hackers could kill #patients by #attacking their #pacemakers, warns #Royal Academy of Engineering

Hackers could kill patients by attacking their pacemakers or heart pumps, the Royal Academy of Engineering has warned.

In a new report, security experts warned that health tech is vulnerable to cyberattacks which could have ‘severe consequences’ for patient safety.

The RAENG warned that the number of the number of healthcare devices which are susceptible to hacking is growing which not only poses a threat to individuals, but also provides a way to gain access to entire networks.

The experts cautioned that pacemakers or wearable health monitors which are linked up to the internet or internal computer networks could also provide a gateway for hackers to plant ransomware into systems, potentially crippling in the NHS or government departments.

Some US hospitals have already been infected by the Wannacry and Medjack computer viruses after hackers targeted medical devices which were not protected.

Professor Nick Jennings, a fellow of the RAENG and Vice Provost at Imperial College London said: “There is genuine harm that can be done through poor cyber security on medical devices, on future-connected homes, on autonomous vehicles, and if they are not dealt with then that will lead to harms and deaths.

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Hacker “His Royal Gingerness” Jailed for Cyber-Attack on UK Hospital, Airport

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Hacker “His Royal Gingerness” Jailed for Cyber-Attack on UK Hospital, Airport

Daniel Devereux, 30, a British man calling himself “His Royal Gingerness” has been sentenced to 32 weeks in prison for hacking the websites of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and the website of the Norwich International Airport. His punishment came today in a sentencing for a case he was…

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Child sex abuse royal commission hears of Catholic brothers’ secrecy culture

A secrecy culture of “don’t ask, don’t tell” could explain historical allegations of child sex abuse within a religious order, the royal commission has been told.

The commission’s investigation into the response of the Catholic Church into alleged abuse heard from the De La Salle Brothers, an order which had one of the highest number of alleged perpetrators ministering between 1950 and 2010.

The order was subject 328 claims of sexual abuse, including 219 claims at its BoysTown facility in Beaudesert in Queensland.

Brother Ambrose Payne told the hearing that throughout the 20th century: “A sense of secrecy was part and parcel with the culture.

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Child sex abuse royal commission: Lawyers reveal trauma of representing survivors

For Melbourne institutional abuse lawyer Angela Sdrinis, the “flashbacks” started when she was bathing her young children and putting them to bed.

“Those times when a lot of clients had been abused — I had been doing those same things with my own kids and getting secondary trauma,” she said.

“I started suffering flashbacks of things that had happened to my clients when I was with my own kids.

“I actually stopped doing the work for a few years because I really couldn’t cope with the stories during that time.”
In recent weeks the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard shocking figures about the extent of abuse in churches and religious orders.

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Child abuse royal commission: George Pell ‘crestfallen’ after call with abuse victim, priest John Walshe says

In the phone call, Cardinal Pell and the victim, David Ridsdale, discussed the fact that Mr Ridsdale had been sexually abused by his uncle, Father Gerald Ridsdale.

In May, Mr Ridsdale told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the conversation ended acrimoniously after Cardinal Pell allegedly said: “I want to know what it will take to keep you quiet.”

Cardinal Pell denies ever trying to bribe Mr Ridsdale and rejected the suggestion the phone call ended acrimoniously.

Father John Walshe was living with Cardinal Pell in 1993.

He told the royal commission he remembered Bishop Pell, as he was known then, coming out of an office after the phone call.

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Calls for child sex abuse royal commission to investigate sterilisation

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is being urged to investigate the forced sterilisation of children, amid concerns young people with a disability are at much of higher risk of being sexually abused.

Submissions to the royal commission have painted a harrowing picture of widespread abuse experienced by disabled children at educational institutions, including violence and neglect.

“Often the unacceptable is seen as acceptable because the child has a disability,” Children with Disability Australia (CDA) chief executive Stephanie Gotlib said.

While there is no Australian data on the subject, international research suggests that children with a disability are about three times more likely to be sexually abused than other children.

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Child abuse royal commission: ‘They called us liars’ – mother

A mother has emotionally recalled how a former St Paul’s School headmaster accused her, her son, and an alleged abuse victim of lying when they tried to raise complaints about a paedophile teacher.

The mother of two former students told the child abuse royal commission she organised a meeting with Gilbert Case within a week of hearing complaints her son’s friend was regularly “touched up” by music teacher Gregory Robert Knight under the guise of checking pockets for cigarettes.

The 70-year-old, known only as BRW, said the meeting was in the early part of 1984 but she was so affected by the conversation that her memory was still perfect.

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Child abuse royal commission: barrister asked victim not to mention Hollingworth

A barrister acting for former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth asked a child sex abuse victim to change his testimony to remove all references to her client, a royal commission has heard.

On Monday morning, a former St Paul’s School student, known only as BSG, told the child sex abuse royal commission Caroline Kirton QC approached his solicitor on the first day of hearings last week and asked him to make “significant” changes to his statement.

“I just think that’s terrible. That’s just outrageous, that someone of her calibre representing someone of his calibre, Hollingworth, would request me to change what I was saying or what I wanted to say to the commission in favour of them, that would remove his name entirely from my story.

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Child sex abuse royal commission appeals for children in care to give evidence

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald addressed more than 100 children under 18, many of whom are in the child protection system, at a youth conference in Brisbane today.

He invited them to tell their stories and give advice to the commission based on their experiences.

“I, as a Commissioner, don’t know how it feels to be in and out of home care,” he told delegates.

“You’ve felt it, experienced it. You know what we need to do. Tell us.”

Mr Fitzgerald said much of the evidence already heard in the royal commission involved historic allegations of abuse in schools, religious institutions and other organisations.

But with about 50,000 children moving in and out of care each year in Australia, he said it was important to hear contemporary accounts of their experiences.

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Child abuse royal commission: Former pope John Paul II handled allegations ‘poorly’, inquiry hears

Former pope John Paul II handled sex abuse claims within the church “poorly” because he simply could not grasp the scale of the problem, a retired senior Bishop in Sydney says.

Geoffrey Robinson, a key player in the church’s response to child sexual abuse by members of the clergy between 1994 and 2003, is giving evidence today before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.

Bishop Robinson said he felt the Vatican was far behind in its understanding of the problem worldwide, and that John Paul II — the Pontiff from 1978 to 2005 — showed little leadership on the issue.

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