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Ransomware Cyber Attack Devon

Plastered all over the news, I'm sure many have heard about the Ransomware Cyber Attack that deeply affected the NHS on Friday 12th May.

Ransomware Cyber Attack Warning Devon

A message has been released by Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau). Please see below:


Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (Malware) that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down files on your computer or mobile device. Criminals will use ransomware to extort money from you (a ransom), before they restore access to your files. There are many ways that ransomware can infect your device, whether it be a link to a malicious website in an unsolicited email, or through a security vulnerability in a piece of software you use.

Key Protect messages for businesses to protect themselves from ransomware:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s technical guidance includes specific software patches to use that will prevent uninfected computers on your network from becoming infected with the “WannaCry” Ransomware:

For additional in-depth technical guidance on how to protect your organisation from ransomware, details can be found here:

Key Protect advice for individuals:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
  • Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.


Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:

  • An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.

Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another “safe” account.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at


If you need any further advice, please contact a who will be happy to help.

NHS Blood Drive at Sidmouth 2017

NHSBT aim to collect 6,000 units of blood every day but we are still trying to fill appointments at this session so we would greatly appreciate your support in promoting our service.

Blood is needed for treating a variety of illnesses and conditions as well as sudden trauma from accidents and emergencies so we greatly appreciate every donation. Just one donation can save and improve up to three lives .

Do something amazing. Give blood.

Held on Sunday 28th May 2017, at Stowford Community Centre.

Appointments available between 9.35am - 12.15pm and 13.15pm and 15.45pm

Book your appointment today and become a life saver!

To book an appointment please call 0300 123 23 23, visit or use the app - NHSGiveBlood.

With a variety of attractions that cater to all ages, Sidmouth is ideally located on the jurassic coast, near a diverse range of attactions. Whether you are visiting the area or simply looking for somewhere to take the kids, Sidmouth has plenty to offer.

Below of the top 5 attactions to visit in 2017.

1. The Donkey Sanctuary

listed by the Telegraph as one of the top 10 'Best Family Days out in Devon', The Donkey Sanctuary currently cares for over 6300 donkeys world wide with 500 of those based at their Sidmouth base.

Open 365 days a year, you can visit the donkeys, mules and hinnies for free and as a dog friendly attractionyou can take your four-legged friend with you aswell! Enjoy a Hot Chocolate in the Hayloft restaurant or take a stroll down to the beach.

To find out more, visit their website.

2. Jacobs Ladder Beach

The majority of Sidmouth's beach is made up of pebbles, however if you head to the western end of the beach along the level path or via the Connaught Gardens, you will discover Jacob's ladder and sand at low tide! An ideal place to take the kids, whilst you sit back and enjoy the sunshine.

3. Sidmouth Museum

Open from March 31st onwards, Sidmouth Museum is run by volunteers of the Sid Vale Association. With a wide variety of displays to suit all ages, the museum provides an interesting insight into how Sidmouth has evolved to the town it is today. The Museum also offers free guided tours around the town.

To find out more, visit the Sid Vale Association website.

4. Connaught Gardens

Originally ocupied by a Marina villa called Cliff Cottage which dated back to the 1820's, Connaught Gardens was purchased by the Sidmouth Urban District Council in 1930 where they decided it was inportant to ensure that the gardens received different treatment to other local authority parks of its day. A scheme was designed by the Gardens department of Dartington Hall, Totnes and Construction work began.

In poor condition, ther cottage was demolished, however some of the walls were retains and can still be seen today. With the main lawn only slightly modified, this area is ideal for a variety of activities. With a wide range of plants, specificaly selected to thrive, the Connaught Gardens are stunning when in bloom.

5. Norman Lockyer Observatory

Home to an active amatuer astronomical society, the historic observatory was build in 1912 by victorian amateur astronomer, Norman Lockyer. Regularly open to the public and run entirely by volunteers, the Norman Lockyer observatory hosts the 'South West Astronomy Fair' each August. A very educstional attraction, suitable for children and adults like, the observatory offers a variety of programmes throughout the year, where you can learn about Lunar Eclipses, different types of stars and why they are different colours and much more.

To find out more visit their website.